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Red October It was Wednesday October 2nd 1968 in Mexico City a few weeks away from the Mexico 68 Summer Olympic Games Opening Ceremony For the last three months the city had been facing an intensive and stressful situation with the national university students on strike This strike was initiated at the National Autonomous University of Mexico from and for the students sake against its Governing Board Suddenly the students ideals were mixed with a politic radical stream through the well known communist group El Muro The Wall that was operating underground against the government which covered almost the entire nation The citys people were sick of this strike due to its endless resolution but especially sick of the government that saw this movement getting out of control every day In order to keep me busy and away from the students strike activities my dad with a wise vision helped me land a job with one of the contracting companies that were in charge of building the general sewer system of the city For the next five weeks I got up early in the morning to go to my job located a few blocks from the Alameda Park in downtown Everything seemed to be normal for everybody except for the students movement who was organizing a big meeting at Plaza de las Tres CulturasThree Cultures Square at Tlatelolco City at 5 pm This plaza is well known as part of the Aztec pyramid heritage during the Conquest era when the Spaniards took over Immediately after contractors found this site the government declared it a National Treasure to avoid any construction atop it Surrounding the park however a couple of twenty floor apartment building were built for the Mexico 68 Olympic Games Knowing I still had some connections with the strike leaders my dad stopped by my office at noon and warned me not to attend the meeting for my own sake To
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