teleSUR marks 1968, a year remembered for important social conflicts and popular rebellions against repressive states, militarism and capitalism.

 

It was 50 years ago that uprisings and radical movements broke out across the world, from the radicalization of the civil rights movement in the United States to the massive student protests in France, Mexico and Brazil.

 

Meanwhile, revolution was in the air in the developing and colonized world as the Vietnamese communist forces launched the decisive Tet Offensive in spite of continued brutality from the U.S. military, and other major revolts took place from Malaysia to Peru.

Vietnam War:

The Tet Offensive begins

Martin Luther King Jr. is shot dead

Vietnam War - My Lai Massacre: American troops kill scores of civilians

U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is shot and killed

Vietnam War: A Viet Cong executed in iconic photo

Paris student riots: One million march through the streets of Paris

Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive comes to an end in South Vietnam.

Tlatelolco massacre in Mexico

Operation Commando Hunt leads to U.S. bombing of Laos

 

Brazilian high school student killing sparks mass protests

Malaysian communists launch second uprising

Police clash with anti-war protesters at DNC

In Peru, Juan Velasco Alvarado takes power

 Omar Torrijos leads Panama coup

- Tommie Smith and John Carlos give "black power salute" in Mexico Olympics

 

- Kingston, Jamaica is rocked by the Rodney Riots

1968 A YEAR OF REVOLTS