From Tlatelolco to Ayotzinapa: October 2 March

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Americas Program’s photojournalism report from Friday’s October 2nd March in Mexico City.

  • October 2, 2015, thousands of youth poured into the streets of Mexico City to remember the massacre of 47 years ago. Coming on the heels of the one-year anniversary of the attacks that left 3 students dead and 43 disappeared, the march was the largest in years. (LC)
  • The mood was firm and festive. The students of the Raúl isidro Burgos Rural Teaching College at A stream of protesters, parsed in contingents representing their schools, set out from the Plaza of the Three Cultures in Tlatelolco, scene of the historic attack on the peaceful demonstration that has become a symbol of youth indignation. (LC)
  • The Rural Teachers Colleges are at the heart of the renewed student movement, for their loss and for their defense of education for the people. (LC)
  • Women within the movement, from the women's teachers colleges and in the unions, have formed groups to make visible their specific contributions and issues. (NR)
  • The Federation of Campesino Socialist Mexican Students that Ayotzinapa belongs to has traditionally played an important role in defense of public education. (LC)
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  • Los estudiantes caminan para Zócalo.
  • The massacre of Tlatelolco, October 2, 1968, "continues to this date in impunity, with no final number, much less an individual identification, of the total persons that were executed or disappeared in this context." Interamerican Commission on Human Rights. (NR)
  • Students hold president Enrique Peña Nieto ultimately responsible for the disappearances and the attack on public education through his reforms, just as they held President Diaz Ordaz responsible for the murders of Tlatelolco. (NR)
  • "I think we are here to not forget, because I do not like that in any moment they do something like that to me and the people forget about me." - Madeline Vega, Fes Acatlán, Communication Major (NR)
  • "It's a way that students and the people of Mexico see that we are one, if we are somebody, then we are valid." - Ikram Carillo, Gabino Barrera Prep 1(NR)
  • The people of Atenco with their iconic machetes. (SS)
  • Emiliano Zapata, ¡PRESENTE! (AA)
  • "No to disappearances and femicides" (NR)
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  • Everywhere, the 43 forcibly disappeared students are remembered. (AA)
  • From '68 to '15 to when? Children inherit the struggle for justice over generations. (AA)
  • "We march with our right to organize because we are dissatisfied, we do not want to be apathetic with everything bad that is happening with this government because if we forget, we lose, and it's important to try to remember what happened on October 2, 1968." - Gina Edith Perez, Open Distance University of México (AA)
  • Peaceful, lively and orderly, the march continues toward the Zócalo. (NR)
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  • Remembering Julio Cesar Mondragon, tortured and murdered the night of Sept. 26. (AA)
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  • "I am here marching more because of consciousness." - Leonardo Semaron, Prep 5 (NR)
  • "It was the state! When we feel others' pain, the world will change." (NR)
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  • "For people with compassion, the world is their family" (NR)
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  • Comité del 68 en el mitin en el Zócalo, Ciudad de México.
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  • "If we forget there will never be justice". (AA)
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  • As the speakers called for demonstrators to ignore the provocations, protesters threw objects at the Federal Police gathered in full riot gear at the southeast corner of the National Palace. (NR)
  • Federal police respond by throwing tear gas canisters, causing flights of students into the Zócalo. (AA)
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  • Protesters kick the gas canisters back toward the police. (AA)
  • Demonstrators try to protect themselves from the gases and help those affected. (AA)
  • Speakers asked demonstrators to leave toward the Cathedral, and take the Allende or Bellas Artes metros to avoid the confrontation. People began leaving fearfully as the police mobilized ranks to circle the Zocalo. (AA)
  • Ayotzinapa students follow members of the Committee of '68, survivors of the massacre. Behind march the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Rural Teachers Colleges, the University of Mexico City, UAM, barrio and worker organizations and others. (NR)
  • Despite the fact that the demonstration was over, the Mexico City police advanced toward the people and proceeded to take over 5 de mayo, pushing protesters out and making arrests along the way. (AA)
  • “Hasta que la justicia prevalezca entre nosotros.”
  • Barricades were up around Bellas Artes and along Francisco Madero. Police advanced to Eje Central and Bellas Artes. Each advance provoked anger and questions from marchers. (AA)
  • ¡No son olvidados ni perdonados! – 2 de Octubre, Acteal, Atenco, Xoxhicuautla, Ostula, Juárez.
  • If what they wanted was for people to go home peacefully, the strategy was totally counterproductive. By closing all surrounding metro stations and pushing up against people heading home, the police sparked tempers and caused irritation among the crowd. Smaller confrontations took place at Bellas Artes and other places as police occupied the entire zone. (AA)
  • In the central plaza, thousands joined in a moment of silence for the youth assassinated, and then listened to speeches. (NR)
  • At the closing of the demonstration, Felipe de la Cruz, spokesperson for the Ayotzinapa families said, "Let's not allow ourselves to be provoked so they can justify repression. In this plaza the strength and reason of the youth has gathered, because this is a peaceful march, but with all the courage to demand justice." (NR)
  • The marches converge on Eje Central and head down to the Zocalo. Organizers keep an eye out to isolate acts of violence or vandalism. (SS)
  • As the confrontation continued in the southeast corner, speakers closed the event with the song "Venceremos". (SS)

Photos by: Alfredo Acedo, Laura Carlsen, Nicole Rothwell, and Simon Schatzberg.

One comment

  1. Thank you for these wonderful pictures that share the event with all of us unable to be there. I’m especially glad to see this link in the historic trajectory from ’68 to ’14. So importtant!

    Comment by nelly on October 5, 2015 at 5:56 pm

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