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New Light on Tlatelolco Massacre

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The National Security Archives website has posted documents and commentary shedding light on the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre of protesting students.  The official story had long been that communist forces infiltrated the students and opened fire on soldiers, which led to violent reprisal by the troops under fire.  The information now made available by the US and Mexican governments reveals a story almost too twisted to be believed.  A branch of the Mexican military known as the Presidential Guard posted snipers in buildings surrounding the site of the protest.  The snipers, however, were not there to target the protesters.  Rather, the snipers attacked the troops stationed around the protest, leading the soldiers to believe the protesters were firing on them.  What followed was a bloody retaliation that left untold numbers of students dead and wounded.

Radio Diaries has a program available to listen to that interviews witnesses 40 years after the massacre.

The video bellow is archival footage in which you can see flashes from the sniper rifles that started the shooting.

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Written by Aaron Nee

December 15, 2008 at 1:50 am

On the Front Lines of Dissent

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The footage bellow was made available by I-Witness Video. The video was recorded outside the final presidential debate, where Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) conducted a pre-announced peaceful protest. In the clip bellow, former Army Reserve Sergeant Nick Morgan can be seen getting knocked to the ground and trampled under the horse of a mounted police officer.  According to the report at I-Witness Video, there was “a delay in which Nassau County police refused to take Morgan to the hospital, he was finally taken to Nassau County Medical Center, handcuffed to a gurney, given Motrin and a prescription for antibiotics, and sent on to jail.”

Written by Aaron Nee

November 2, 2008 at 12:50 am

Freedom Squelch

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There have recently been some noteworthy reports of police in the U.S. infringing upon the rights of dissidents and reporters.  One such report comes from a blogger at Znet.  The post draws attention to preemptive arrests of protest leaders in an apparent effort to thwart protesters exercising their right to voice dissent.

Democracy Now reports the arrest of a camera operator who had been recording a peaceful protest.  The journalist was violently assaulted by the officer and his camera confiscated.

Democracy Now is not only reporting the unwarrented arrests of journalists, but was directly involved when producers of the news program were arrested as well as journalist Amy Goodman.  An interview with Goodman can be found at NPR’s On the Media.  This is not Amy Goodman’s first time to experience abuse as a journalist.  In 1991 she and journalist Allan Narin were documenting a peaceful protest in East Timor when the Indonesian military opened fire on the protesters slaughtering close to 300 Timorese and beating Goodman and Narin.

Written by Aaron Nee

October 30, 2008 at 1:51 am