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Published on Aug 7, 2012
On the eve of the 1968 Olympics, Mexican soldiers opened fire on a peaceful student protest, killing hundreds in a massacre long shrouded in secrecy.
The story is told by Mexico's famed author and diplomat Carlos Fuentes -- who died this year -- and Harry Edwards, the sports activist and scholar who organized a boycott of the Olympics by black American athletes in 1968.
This excerpt was taken from the PBS documentary, "The Sixties: The Years that Shaped a Generation" (2005) by filmmakers David Davis and Stephen Talbot. http://www.pbs.org/opb/thesixties/
Hear an audio documentary, "Mexico '68: a Movement, a Massacre and the 40 Year Search for Truth" at: