Sunday, January 16

Mexican agents disintegrate the fourth migrant caravan in Chiapas

The immigrant caravan was dispersed by security forces.

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TAPACHULA (Mexico) – Mexican authorities disintegrated this Sunday the fourth migrant caravan that started on Saturday morning from the municipality of Tapachula, on the border with Guatemala, and which was destined for the north of the country.

Although a little more organized than the previous three, the fourth caravan lasted less than 24 hours and was broken up in the municipality of Huixtla after during the day on Saturday he had traveled just over 40 kilometers.

At 0500 hours, agents of the National Migration Institute (INM) and the National Guard carried out an operation to dismantle this fourth group, made up of some 500 migrants, mostly Haitians, Central Americans, Cubans and Venezuelans.

Agents first toured the municipality to arrest foreigners who roamed the streets and then arrived at the facility, a dome, where most of the migrants had spent the night.

The caravan intended to leave and continue its walk this Sunday and its objective was to reach the municipality of Villa Comaltitlán, about 18 kilometers from Huixtla.

National Guard agents with riot gear, they encapsulated most of the migrants, including women, children, as well as a large group of men.

In the action, the Mexican authorities detained some 50 persons, among women, children, who resisted to go up to the transfer units of the National Institute of Migration.

After the dispersal, some migrants ran to the banks of the Huixtla river to avoid being detained.

One of the women who was secured by immigration personnel shouted: “My son, my son, I need my son!” while being subdued by various agents.

In the midst of screaming and crying and hugging their children and relatives, the detained migrants were put on several buses to be taken back to the southern border.

After these arrests, Mexican agents implemented search and arrest operations in streets, avenues, parks, the banks of the Huixtla River, as well as other points where the migrants hid.

During the tours, near the Women’s Hospital, approximately 70 migrants who gathered to continue their journey were detected by the agents and to avoid their arrest the foreigners threw stones at the authorities although they did not avoid being captured.

Since last weekend in the municipality of Tapachula, on the border with Guatemala, four migrant caravans were formed, the last this Saturday, but although they all advanced dozens of kilometers, they were dissolved by Mexican agents.

Organizations that defend migrants and UN agencies denounced that the Mexican agents they have used excessive use of force during the arrests.

At the beginning of the week, a video was made public on social networks that showed two Mexican immigration agents kicking a Haitian migrant when they dissolved the first caravan last Monday.

On the subject, the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, declared last Thursday that in the next few days he will send a letter to his United States counterpart, Joe Biden, to insist that he attend the “Causes” of forced migration and offer temporary work visas for Central Americans.

This week, the National Migration Institute reported that from January 1 to August 31, Mexico has identified 147,033 migrants with irregular status in the country.

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