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Poster - ¡Alto! Asesinos Así No Se Gobierna (Stop! Murderers This Isn't the Way to Govern)
  • ¡Alto! Asesinos Así No Se Gobierna (Stop! Murderers This Isn't the Way to Govern)
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¡Alto! Asesinos Así No Se Gobierna (Stop! Murderers This Isn't the Way to Govern)

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Mexico (made)

  • Date:

    1968 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Paper and ink

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB1B, shelf LS4

This poster could have been made following the Tlatelolco student massacre on 2 October 1968. The surrendering figure whose arms are stretched above his head, is clearly a student: he carries a book in one hand. The student is outnumbered by a disembodied threat: the weapons take aim at him without being held by visible opponents. The bazooka and rifle represent the military threat protesting students faced, while the club signifies the police they encountered. The three weapons combined point to the larger threat posed by the Mexican government as a whole that wished to silence the protesting students.

Physical description

Three weapons - a military bazooka, a rifle and a police club - aimed at a surrendering student whose arms are raised above his head , a book in one hand.

Place of Origin

Mexico (made)


1968 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Paper and ink

Marks and inscriptions

from the Spanish: Stop! Murderers This Isn't the Way to Govern
many smudged fingerprints below the image from once-wet ink


Height: 20.5 cm, Width: 27.9 cm

Descriptive line

Poster, '¡Alto! Asesinos Así No Se Gobierna' (Stop! Murderers this isn't the Way to Govern), anti-government protest poster; Mexico, 1968


Paper; Ink



Subjects depicted

Protest; Book; Bayonet; Club; Bazooka; Politics; Violence; Government; Propaganda; Student


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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