oct 12, 1968 - Mexico City
Mexico City devastated its community by open firing on student protests. Europe was flooded by student protests. Protests about the Vietnam war were being held in America. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were assassinated that year. East Germany competed as its own country for the first time. Tommie Smith and John Carlos were kicked out of the Olympic village after giving the black power salute to protest racism in the United States.
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Political Upsets throughout the years in the Olympic Games