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Tsunami Architecture
The Maldives Chapter
Forms in relation to life
never neverland
[The Auroville Project]
the time is now.

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quotes from interviews:

This is the last time a lot of people - maybe because we were young - wanted to change the world. Not to benefit themselves, but to benefit the others. And these people, youngsters full of life, with all the future were ready to sacrifice their lives. This is something that you have very few times in your life-time because you have in our societies people to climb for themselves. It was a great opportunity, to live, like being in love. (Carlos Sevilla)

We didn’t have demands as students but as political subjects within a totalitarian regime. (Teresa Losada)

We had these small groups, “political brigades” we called them, to go to public places to inform the people what has happened. Because in the periodicals and dailies they would say: “These anarchists have tried to destroy the peace!” We would go to a market and inform the people and then people there would give us a kilo of hitomates, chicken, 10 Pesos. It was phantastic!
And then came the intellectuals, and then came artists to play and sing. It was sort of a party! We would have a play, poetry, revolutionary songs, popular dance. Then everybody was dancing. And then at night the people would stay [at the campus]. And for the first time girls would stay there! So in the families this introduced a very explosive situation!
(Carlos Sevilla)

In those times the feminist movement began but it was very small… but if you add the pill and the Beatles, there is a great change in women. We said we were “marxista, lennonista”, for John Lennon. He was our guidance! John Lennon in those days was bigger than Marx, Althusser or anyone. But most of the student leaders were still men. In general it was the boys telling us what to do and we went and did it. We women worked like ants! Only in my group, yes, the direction was feminine. I was the one who directed the group, the Centro popular de cultura. (Carolia Paniagua)

I remember to march in through Reforma, the main avenue in the city in the head of the demonstration, crying: ďFor the people, against the government!Ē We were many marching, but there were many more in the sidewalks applauding and crying with us. (Marcelino Perelló Valls)

Instead of working among students, we began to do so with the workers in an attempt to unite them with the students. We werenít quite sure how, but it seemed to us that what was happening could be the prospect of a revolution, it could lead to something very politically important. (Mercedes Perelló)

My mother remained scared but she supported me. And most parentsóI would say all parentsó supported us and were convinced we were right. My mother didnít know I was a communist, of course. That would have been a little bit too much for her! (Deborah Dultzin Kessler)

We were in the top of the plaza. There were some ruins on the side so we jumped into the ruins. Thatís were I spent most of the shooting. Because in the plaza you were uncovered. They were shooting from everywhere; they were even shooting at themselves because it was a circle. (Carmen Soler)

My fatherís arrest was the end of the movement for my family. He was in jail for two and a half years. It was a tragedy. (Hira de Gortari)

There was no organization. In the 1968 movement nothing was build really. It was a demonstration of anger, protest but it gained to establish openly what kind of government we had. People knew that this government was not going to make concessions of any kind. (Rodolfo Echeverria)

It was like that, splendidly massive, and affected an entire generation, parents and also the children a little. Not anymore after that. Who knows what young people think now? For them itís history; for us, itís life. (Maria Fernanda Campa)


From top left to right:
Marcelino Perelló Valls
Carmen Soler
Renata von Hanffstengel
Carolia Paniagua
Rodolfo Echeverria
Hira de Gortari
Raul Moreno Wonchee
Ana Ignacia Rodriguez, Nacha
Maria Fernanda Campa Uranga
Silvia Gonzales Marin
Elena Poniatowska
Raul Alvarez
Patricia de los Rios
Deborah Dultzin Kessler
Selma Beraud
Teresa Losada
Carlos Sevilla
Mercedes Perelló