1968 Mexico Olympics and the spirit of freedom
1968 was a very turbulent year. Obviously it was a turbulent time in Ireland. As the October 1968 civil rights march was taking place in Derry, athletes were preparing for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico. The Games were controversial because of the repression directed a couple of months earlier against protests in the centre of Mexico City. The Olympics also saw a stand against racism taken by the three medallists (two black Americans and one white Australian) on the podium after the 200 metres race.
For the famous clenched fist salute and the background to it, including of the Australian silver medalist, see: http://rdln.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/the-1968-olympics-and-the-spirit-of-resistance/
For the student movement and Mexican government repression, see: http://rdln.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/the-1968-student-rebellion-in-mexico/