New migrant caravan in Mexico pushes past blockade to head north -Breaking
© Reuters. National Guard officers clash with migrants from Central America and Haiti as they travel in a caravan to Mexico City to seek asylum. The group is based in Tapachula (Chiapas), Mexico. October 23, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Torres
TAPACHULA (Reuters), Several thousand migrants from Haiti and South America moved north from South Mexico, where they clashed with authorities trying to keep the caravan from being stopped.
Some migrants were among those who attempted to travel northward through Mexico, and they said they had hoped to one day reach the U.S. border. There was no shortage of people trying to get in to the country.
Around 3,000 people started trekking by foot from Tapachula, Guatemala, on Saturday, with families and children.
One of the caravan’s organizers, Irineo Mujica, said he was leading the group to Mexico City in protest of the lack of government assistance in the south, where officials have attempted to contain thousands of migrants https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/this-is-prison-mexico-struggles-hold-migrants-far-us-border-2021-09-21, and to demand legal documents that would let migrants move freely in the country.
Tapachula’s highway stop was set up by 400 officers of the law to prevent them from getting through, but hundreds of migrants were able to get past it. A Reuters video shows people pushing their way through a group of anti-riot officers, wearing gear that would prevent them from being seen.
A family consisting of a mother and her small children was thrown to the ground by the crowd, with their possessions scattered.
Tapachula was the destination for some of the migrants that tried to escape Tapachula, Mexico in September. They were treated brutally by Mexican officials. https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/mexico-condemns-violent-actions-by-migration-agents-caught-video-2021-08-30
U.S. authorities arrested more than 1.7 million migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border this fiscal year, the most ever recorded https://www.reuters.com/world/us/biden-under-pressure-us-mexico-border-arrests-reach-record-highs-2021-10-20.
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