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Massacre of Tlatelolco, Mexico Posters

Identifier: PICT-2022-007

Content Description

Portfolio of protest posters from the Massacre of Tlatelolco, which unfolded in Mexico City's Plaza de las Tres Culturas in 1968. Primarily serigraphs, the protest iconography called attention to the violent governmental repression of social mobilization under the regime of Gustavo Díaz Ordaz. Seen within the visual pieces are symbols from the Olympic Games and military suppression during the Cold War, the messaging calling attention to international complicity of the Pax Priista.


  • 1968

Biographical / Historical

As the posters illustrate, the protests organized by the Consejo Nacional de Huelga ("National Strike Council") to draw the 1968 Mexico Olymic Games' international attention to national issues under the Pax Priista. The Mexican PRI government, under President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, violently repressed the protests as subversive acts that threatened national security, and to stifle the movement General Gustavo Díaz Ordaz ordered Operation Galeana to be unfolded by security groups, which resulted in the Massacre of Tlatelolco. Located in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, the Olimpia Battalion began the assault on protesters, the ensuing confusion and violence- students were slaughtered in public protest, families' in nearby apartments murdered for attempting to harbor the fleeing protesters, approximately 3,000 captives being tortured in the Plaza's neaby church- still leaving unresolved questions. Many protesters were disappeared or taken to jail, many were killed and inhumanely disposed, yet the organizers were taken to Military Camps. The serigraphs in the collection were used to engage in the urban public sphere, and because of governmental suppression, the protesters creating the public iconography had to act clandestinely. Labelled communists and subversives in the Cold War, the artists acted under anonymity seeking protection within the underground collectivity.


6 items (1 folder) : 2 small posters; 3 medium posters; 1 large poster.

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian


Collection of protest posters from the Massacre of Tlatelolco in Mexico City, 1968.

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Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131