[:en]GAMUNDI: A late remembrance of Tlatelolco 68, so October 2nd won’t be forgotten[:es]GAMUNDI: Recuerdo atrasado de Tlatelolco para que no se olvide el 2 de Octubre[:]

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ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA
THE BAJA POST/EDITOR

It’s been more than a month since the “Tlatelolco 68” fever went away (each year Mexico mourns the killings of October 2nd 1968, during the “student’s movement”) a few days ago I had the chance to meet one of the National Strike Committee members of those days:

“In the Zocalo (central square in CdMx) August 27th, the leader Socrates Campos Lemus asked them remain as permanent guard. There were bonfires. . .  We went to get them some food. . .The guys posting guard  sang La Adelita, Cananea Jail and other songs, then the tanks came” (Felix Lucio Hernandez Gamundi, National Strike Committee member. In THE NIGHT OF TLATELOCO, by Elena Poniatowska)

Meeting Felix Hernandez Gamundi in a Water Forum in Baja California University (UABC) was a surreal experience of sorts for me. At the end of an interview about the water issue with REFORMA and LINNDERO NORTE (which I recorded) with the camera off, I told him: “May I ask you a question?” . . . “Were you in Lecumberri?” (A Mexican legendary jail).

“Yes. Two years”, he told me. I tried to tell him that, for me, he is a character in an important story, about which he must have been asked a million times. I felt that, anything I could ask him wouldn’t amount to anything. “It’s an honor to make your acquaintance”, I told him and walked away.[:es]

ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA
THE BAJA POST/EDITOR

Hace ya más de un mes que pasó el furor por Tlatelolco 68: Medio siglo, casi un mes después, tuve la suerte de conocer a uno de los integrantes del CNH de esos tiempos:

“En el Zócalo, el 27 de Agosto, el líder Sócrates Campos Lemus pidió que se quedara una guardia. Se encendieron hogueras, fuimos a comprar tortas para la guardia… Los de la guardia se pusieron a cantar La Adelita, corridos, el de Cananea, hasta que llegaron los tanques”. (Félix Lucio Hernández Gamundi, del CNH, en LA NOCHE DE TLATELOLCO de Elena Poniatowska).

Conocer a Félix Hernández Gamundi, en el entorno de un Foro por el Agua en la UABC, fue algo surrealista, al final de la entrevista que REFORMA y LINDERO NORTE le hacían y que yo grabé, ya con cámara apagada me atreví a decirle: “¿Puedo preguntarle algo?” . . .  “¿Estuvo usted en Lecumberri?”.

“Si. Dos años”, me dijo. Trate de decirle que para mí era un personaje de una historia importante de la que tal vez todo mundo le ha preguntado mil veces. Sentí que cualquier cosa que pudiera preguntarle estaba de más. “Un honor conocerlo”, le dije y me fui.[:]

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