"Agents Provocateurs, the Dead, and Apocryphal Propaganda in 1968 Mexico."
This lecture examines state repression in Mexico with particular attention to those students killed during the 1968 movement prior to the October 2 massacre at the Plaza of Tlatelolco. In the broader and comparative context of the Cold War era in Latin America, this repression included a sophisticated use of agents-provocateurs (“porros”) and apocryphal propaganda.
Jaime M. Pensado is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Mexico Working Group at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Rebel Mexico: Student Unrest and Authoritarian Political Culture During the Long Sixties (2013) and co-editor with Enrique C. Ochoa of México Beyond 1968: Revolutionaries, Radicals, and Repression during the Global Sixties and Subversive Seventies (2018).