Hundreds of students killed in the Tlatelolco Massacre of 1968
On October 2, 1968, ten thousand students gathered in La Plaza de las Tres Culturas in Tlatelolco, Mexico City. College and high students organized to protest the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) repression of social movements and their $1 billion dollar investment (today’s value) in the 1968 Summer Olympics the nation was set to host in a few days.
During their march they chanted – ¡No queremos olimpiadas, queremos revolución! “We don’t want Olympics, we want revolution!”. The protest was scheduled to listen to some speeches in the square peaceful when military forces opened fire into the crowds. Approximately 300-400 students, passersby, children, and journalists fell at the hands of the Mexican state.
The repression was carried out by a special force created in anticipation of the Olympics called the Brigada Olympica, or the Olympic Brigade. The Olympic Brigade was comprised of presidential guards who, as revealed by a 2001 investigation, were ordered to shoot upon the military forces following the student action to provoke them.
It was also revealed that the U.S. sent military radios, weapons, ammunition, and riot control training material to Mexico in response to the manifestations. The CIA outlet station in Mexico City also contributed reports on the university student movement.
So these two are Oleg Protopopov and Ludmila Belousova, four time world champions in pairs and the 1964 and 1968 Olympic Gold Medalists. They’ve been married since 1957, and they skated in exhibitions and galas together well into their seventies. What I linked is a program they did together in 2015, when they were eighty and eighty-two.
This is one of those posts, but that is 9,000% going to be Victor and Yuuri. They’re going to do romantic exhibitions together until they’re quite literally incapable of it. It will be the 2072 Winter Space Olympics, and there will be a special exhibition from them at the closing ceremony and everyone will cry even kids who were fifty years away from being born during their heyday. “Oh we could invite the gold medalist from eight years ago, but wouldn’t everyone prefer seeing eighty+ year old Victor and Yuuri?” “Tru.”
Olympic Canoe And Kayak Slalom Center, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue
Main Swimming Pool, Athens, 2004 Summer Olympics Venue
Its almost as if billions of dollars into multiple one-time use arenas is a bad investment. But the truly bad investment is letting them fall to ruin rather than turn them into public venues for the athletic betterment of your population afterwards. Canada, Atlanta, London, Salt Lake City, Barcelona all did a good job of re-using them, other places, they tore them down or hid them.
Today seems like a good day to remember the heroism of U.S. Olympic athletes, John Carlos and Tommie Smith. In 1968, they stood up for equality on an international stage. It cost them their places on the national team. They received death threats.
Protest is not convenient. It is not polite. But it is almost always courageous.