This is the last article you can read this month
You can read more article this month
You can read more articles this month
Sorry your limit is up for this month
MEXICO marked the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Corpus Christi massacre yesterday.
On June 10, the day of Corpus Christi festival that year, students took to Mexico City’s streets to demand democratic reform of the country.
It was the first large-scale protest since hundreds of demonstrators were killed in the Tlatelolco massacre in 1968.
The students didn’t get more than a few streets before they were set upon by plain-clothed, government-backed paramilitaries, who killed around 120 people.
At a commemoration on Thursday, assistant interior secretary Alejandro Encinas vowed that the massacre would not be forgotten.
“It is the Mexican government’s irrevocable commitment, and the will and orders of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, that these ominous events in Mexican history do not remain in silence,” Mr Encinas said.
The killings were just part of what has become known as the Dirty War, a conflict between the US-backed PRI government and left-wing opposition groups, students and guerillas across Mexico in the 1960s and ’70s.
In July 2005, a judge exonerated Luis Echeverria, who was president from 1970 to 1976, on genocide charges stemming from the 1971 student massacre.
In that case, the judge ruled that Mr Echeverria may have been responsible for homicide, but could not be tried because the statute of limitations for that crime expired in 1985.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.