Second Migrant Caravan: Breaks Barriers Into Mexico with Firebombs, Other Weapons
The Daily Mail reports that a second migrant caravan from Central America, mostly Hondurans, broke through into Mexico, but were met with riot police. They stated that some members of the group were armed with “gasoline bombs” made of soft drink bottles, rocks, and PVC pipes rigged to shoot fireworks at police. A violent confrontation on Sunday left one migrant dead.
The Daily Mail reported:
The second group back at the Guatemalan frontier has been more unruly than the first that crossed. Guatemala’s Interior Ministry said Guatemalan police officers were injured when the migrant group broke through border barriers on Guatemala’s side of the bridge.
Mexico authorities said migrants attacked its agents with rocks, glass bottles and fireworks when they broke through a gate on the Mexican end but were pushed back, and some allegedly carried guns and firebombs.
On Monday, Mexican Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete Prida lamented what he called a second ‘violent attempt’ to storm the border, accusing people of placing the elderly, pregnant women and children at the front, putting them at risk of being crushed.
‘Fortunately, that did not happen,’ he said.
No those aren’t ants. This is the second migrant caravan. They were met with police officers in riot gear when they got to the Mexico side.
They waded through the Suchiate River to reach Mexico. Mexican police even sent a helicopter to stir up the already murky waters of the river in an effort to dissuade them from coming ashore. The clash resulted in one migrant, Henry Adalid, 26, being killed from supposedly being struck in the head with a rubber bullet. It is unclear how that transpired
The international bridge between Tecun Uman, Guatemala, and Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico was secured so that people could not get through, so they waded in the water. Some were able to cross on rafts, though the Mexican Navy managed to stop most of them. So they walked.
Though some locals had organized buses and trucks to pick up the migrants, many of them have turned back toward Honduras. Mexico has received 1,895 requests for refugee status, and 300 of the groups have received temporary identity numbers which allow them to stay and work in Mexico. Hundreds more have requested assistance to go home. But the movement of people continues North.