Citizens campaign in Mexico City for Mexico to declare war against the Axis powers in World War II
Mexico City Mexico Date:1942, May 22 Duration:1 min 9 sec Sound:Yes
Thousands of citizens march in Mexico City demonstrating for Mexico to declare war against the Axis powers in World War 2. They converge on the main plaza (Zócalo) where President Manuel Ávila Camacho stands on the balcony of the Presidential Palace, with his wife, Doña Soledad Orozco García de Ávila Camacho, and members of his staff. View from a high point overlooking the plaza, showing thousands massed with the Mexico City Cathedral in the background. Narrator states that citizens protest against axis sinking of unarmed mexican ships. Flags of the United States, and allied flags are displayed. Flags are waved in salute for their dead comrades, by Survors of the SS Potrero del Llano, a Mexican ship torpedoed by the German submarine, U-564, on May 13, 1942. Camera pans over the square filled with people and banners. Next, President Camacho is seen asking the Mexican Chamber of Deputies for a declaration of war. People on the streets (some sitting on street lamps) listen to the broadcast over loudspeakers. Mexican Army soldiers seen in helmets. Uniformed troops line a sidewalk. Deputies applaud after unanimously approving the declaration of war.
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