Mexican Dirty War

Military repression of the Mexican government, backed by the US government, against leftist movements in the 1960s and 1980s

The Mexican Dirty War (Spanish: Guerra sucia) is about an internal conflict in the 1960s and 1980s between the Mexican PRI government under the presidencies of Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, Luis Echeverría and José López Portillo and left-wing student and guerrilla groups.[1][2] They were supported by the United States. During the war, government forces carried out disappearances, about 1,200,[3] torture, and executions.

In March 2019, the President of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador, publicly released the archives which had new information about the Dirty War. López Obrador said that "We lived for decades under an authoritarian regime which limited freedoms and persecuted those who struggled for social change" and issued an official apology on behalf of the Mexican State to the victims.[4][5]


  1. Reuters Editorial (2007-04-05). "Rights group urges Mexico to resolve "dirty war"". Reuters. Retrieved 2016-10-29. {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  2. Michael Evans. "The Dawn of Mexico's Dirty War". Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  3. Reuters Editorial (2008-07-08). "Mexico looks for 'dirty war' graves on army base". Reuters. Retrieved 2016-10-29. {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  4. "Mexico's president opens archives on 'dirty war period". Yahoo News. AFP. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  5. Zavala, Misael. "Estado pide perdón a víctimas de represión". El Universal. Retrieved 2 March 2019.