Latin America

Migrant caravan clashes with police in Mexico

13:28, 14 December 2021
Migrant caravan clashes with police in Mexico Photo: Magno

A migrant caravan consisting of over thousands of people clashed with the police who attempted to stop their march as the caravan was approaching the Mexican capital.

The 550 deployed officers were meant to escort the caravan on its march through the city, however disputes started when migrants attempted to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the police did not allow them.

Both sides claim that the other one attacked first as police blamed the migrants for taking stones and throwing them at officers while the migrants said they did not feel safe being surrounded by police.

Considering the large manpower from both sides many people from the caravan and the police left the scene with injuries.

The final aim of the caravan is to reach the border with the US and attempt to seek asylum there. 

Being part of the caravan is risky not just due to the potential skirmishes with the police but also due to the fact that one can easily be hit by a car while walking on roads as a part of a several thousands people caravan.

This was the case with at least 49 migrants who died and 58 others who were injured following an accident involving a truck in the Mexican state of Chapas.

The accident did not stop most of the group as they hired other smugglers to continue their path.

The caravans are formed from Central American nationals who flee their homes in search of a better life.

The whole journey may not have a positive outcome and in the end, lead to nothing as the US may easily deny asylum and deport everyone back.