León, Guanajuato, Mexico — The Central Highlands
Massacre of January 2, 1946
H. Ayuntamiento de León
Rinde Homenaje a los Martires del 2 de enero de 1946
Leon, Gto., 2 de enero de 1992.
"The blood of men and women has not been shed in vain for democracy ... today the citizens of these lands of the Bajío wave high the banner of their Free Municipality."
Honorable City Council of León
A tribute to the Martyrs of January 2, 1946
Leon, Guanajuato, January 2, 1992.
Erected 1992 by Honorable Ayuntamiento de León 1992-1994.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Civil Rights • Government & Politics • Patriots & Patriotism. A significant historical date for this entry is January 2, 1946.
Location. 21° 7.314′ N, 101° 40.982′ W. Marker is in León, Guanajuato. Marker is on Benito Juárez just south of Portal Aldama, on the leftTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: León GTO 37000, Mexico. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); House of María Joaquina de la Portilla y Torres (within shouting distance of this marker); Royal Houses and Early Municipal Council (within shouting distance of this marker); Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of Our Blessed Mother of Light (about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line); Plaza of Martyrs (about 210 meters away); Manuel Doblado Theater (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); House of Cecilio Louis Long (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Templo Expiatorio (approx. 0.8 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in León.
Regarding Massacre of January 2, 1946. During the mayoral elections of December, 1945, the candidate for the PRM (Partido Revolucionario Mexicano) Ignacio Quiroz went up against Carlos A. Obregón, the opposition candidate for the León Civic Union (Unión Cívica Leonesa). There were strong indications of election fraud in favor of Quiroz. On January 1, 1946 a protest was held against the fraudulent elections at the same time as the PRM candidate was being sworn in. The protest was attacked by police. A second protest was then planned for the next day, January 2, 1946. At around 9 pm this meeting was also attacked by police and members of the Army who shot into the plaza at the protesters. Some 40 of the protesters were killed and around 300 injured. The actual numbers are in dispute due to the chaos of the event and police actions.
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