Elena Poniatowska was born in France, in Her mother was the daughter of wealthy Mexican aristocrats and her father, a French count of Polish origin. In , Poniatowska and her family moved to Mexico to escape war-time deprivations. She began her writing career as a journalist. Her first job involved writing society news for the daily newspaper Excelsior.
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But this picture on my screen was taken in Oaxaca in June of And the rage of the Mexican pueblo, to this day, is quite literally burning in the streets of Nochixtlan. In the photo, the five teachers not only hold their line against the granaderos, but they taunt them.
One granadero hoists his shield into the air as if to deflect a thrown rock, breaking rank with those to his side. Their schtick is up. But, of course, the shock is still there. At least 10 known people have died in Nochixtlan. Over people were wounded. And so much of what resonates with me now is the age of many of these protesting teachers—about my age. Just as so much of what resonated with me about the 43 Ayotzinapa students teachers in training killed in were that they were the age of my own students.
That continues to make war on its educators? That continues to obfuscate the truth surrounding such violence? Which is exactly why Noche de Tlatelolco is more relevant than ever.
The parallels between the pueblo of and the pueblo of can be seen and read in the imagery of both events: helicopters shooting flares, pluming black smoke, Mexican police shooting live rounds into the bodies of protesters, and, of course, the rift between the Pueblo itself: between those who sympathize with young people but believe, ultimately, that Mexican intellectualism is disruptive to the common peace.
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Elena Poniatowska and the Massacre of 1968
Following a summer of increasingly large demonstrations in Mexico City protesting the Mexico City Olympics , armed forces of Mexico opened fire October 2, on unarmed civilians, killing an undetermined number, in the hundreds. The events are considered part of the Mexican Dirty War , when the government used its forces to suppress political opposition. The massacre occurred 10 days before the opening of the Summer Olympics in Mexico City. The head of the Federal Directorate of Security reported that 1, people were arrested. According to US national security archives, Kate Doyle, a Senior Analyst of US policy in Latin America, documented the deaths of 44 people;  however, estimates of the actual death toll range from to , with eyewitnesses reporting hundreds dead.
She then walked to the square. There was blood on the stairways. The police were still there. At that moment she decided she needed to tell this story, which the government wanted buried. She needed to gather testimonies from witnesses, but many had already been thrown in jail. She recorded some of the testimonies and took notes for others.
Reading Elena Poniatowska’s LA NOCHE DE TLATELOLCO Amid The Oaxaca Teacher Protests