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The accident of a trailer with more than 100 migrants crowded leaves at least 52 dead


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The vehicle was carrying 107 Central Americans and lost its brakes on a curve. The driver has fled

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Some of the corpses laid out on the road.Carlos LpezEFE
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At least 52 people have died in a fatal traffic accident registered on the highways of the south of Mexico. The first hypotheses suggest that the truck in which 107 migrants traveled He was traveling at high speed and lost his brakes on a sharp curve, causing the vehicle to overturn on the shoulder. In addition to the fatalities, there are 55 injured, three in serious condition. They all were crammed into the box of the vehicle at the time of the brutal accident. The authorities have surrounded the scene of the events and transferred those affected to nearby hospitals, while They are looking for the trailer driver, who has fled.

The tragedy took place on the outskirts of Tuxtla Gutirrez, the capital of Chiapas, around 15:30 local time. A few meters from the accident there was a military checkpoint that, on these highways, usually focuses its tasks on searching for undocumented migrants who travel hidden in vehicles. The truck left in the morning from Guatemala and go to Veracruz, following the traditional route used by many Central Americans who want to reach USA The witnesses have denounced that, when verifying the seriousness of the facts, the driver of the truck escaped by the river Grijalva.

The governor of the state of Chiapas, Rutilius Escandn, has sent a message of “solidarity with the victims” promising that “responsibilities will be determined according to the law.” Although the nationalities of those affected have not yet transcended, the Honduran president, Alejandro Giammattei, he lamented the tragedy and offered “consular assistance for the repatriation of bodies.” The harsh conditions of the journey that migrants undertake in their desperate flight to the United States had a similar episode last October that, fortunately, resulted in no fatalities: Mexican immigration authorities found in Tamaulipas three abandoned and unventilated trucks, where they were traveling 652 people, 349 minors.

The accident transpired the same day as the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has published its annual report on the insecurity of migrants in the region. The study’s conclusions are devastating: at least 650 people died this year while trying to cross the border between Mexico and the United States, the highest number since the agency began documenting it in 2014. Michele Klein Solomon, IOM’s regional director for Central and North America and the Caribbean, denounced that “the increasing number of migrant deaths in the region is very alarming.” With these figures, the accumulated victims since 2014 already exceed 5,755.

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On December 6, Joe Bien and Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador (AMLO) decided to reinstate the ‘Stay in Mexico’ program, a plan devised by the former president Trump to force migrants seeking asylum in their country to wait for their paperwork to be resolved in dangerous Mexican border cities. The NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) It is estimated that 71,000 migrants have been expelled under this protocol, which they describe as “aberrant.”

Ari Sawyer, An NGO researcher, she believes that the border agencies of both governments “have been implicated in a large number of abuses that are intrinsic to the program” and denounces that “there is no way that a program designed to postpone the right to request asylum, forcing people to wait in dangerous places, can operate in a way that respects human rights. “

Natural disasters and the economic crisis caused by the pandemic have fueled an unprecedented number of Central Americans. The figures released by the different border agencies confirm this trend: the United States has detained 1.7 million migrants at the border this year, triple the average registered between 2012 and 2020, while its southern neighbor has detained about 230,000, more than in any other year.

The decision of the Lpez Obrador government to militarize the highways in the south of the country has forced migrants to take more risks and travel in hiding that, as this fateful accident shows, often has fatal consequences.

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