Mexico City removes subway plaques on 1968 anniversary

October 1, 2018 GMT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexico City government has decided to remove bronze plaques at about five subway stops that commemorate former President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, the man who allegedly ordered the 1968 massacre of students in Tlatelolco plaza.

The decision was announced on Monday, the eve of the 50th anniversary of the massacre.

Diaz Ordaz was president in 1969, when the subway opened. He allegedly ordered the student demonstrations crushed in 1968 so they wouldn’t interfere with the Olympics held weeks later. It is not known exactly how many died.

Mexico City Mayor Jose Ramon Amieva said the plaques were removed because they celebrated Diaz Ordaz’ “cult of personality,” not the subway itself. Diaz Ordaz was never tried for the killings.