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NPR: Mexico's 1968 Massacre: What Really Happened?

"In the summer of 1968, students in Mexico began to challenge the country’s authoritarian government. But the movement was short-lived, lasting less than three months. It ended October 2, 1968, ten days before the opening of the Olympics in Mexico City, when military troops opened fire on a peaceful student demonstration. The shooting lasted over two hours. 

The Massacre of Tlatelolco has become a defining moment in Mexican history, but for forty years the truth of that day has remained hidden.

Part of the Audio History Project Series of Radio Diaries."

This story was produced by Joe Richman and Anayansi Diaz-Cortes of Radio Diaries with the help of Eric Pearse Chavez and editor Debra George. Thanks to George Lewis and NBC News for some of the audio used in this story.

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