Mexico: La Noche Triste

There was no warning, beyond ominous arcs of green flares overhead. In Mexico City's Plaza of the Three Cultures, a student speaker had urged his 6,000 listeners to "please go home after this meeting is over. We do not believe in useless bloodshed." Suddenly, from one corner of the plaza, the troops appeared. They formed a cordon around the crowd and moved in — shooting and bayoneting as they went.

A 60-year-old woman was bayoneted in the back; a 13-year-old boy died with a bayonet wound in the head. Others were shot at...

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