4/16/15, "Migrants March toward Mexican Capital amid Heavy Security Presence," EFE, Latin American Herald Tribune, Mexico City
"A caravan of 290 migrants led by Rev. Alejandro Solalinde left the
southeastern Mexican town of Ixtepec on a journey to Mexico City, a
march being closely monitored by police, the activist priest told Efe.
departing on Wednesday morning, the group covered a distance of 12
kilometers (7.5 miles) to El Espinal, a hamlet just outside Juchitan de
Zaragoza. Numerous security forces were deployed between those latter
two towns in Oaxaca state.
On April 10, the Mexican government
notified Solalinde that any undocumented foreigners marching in the
caravan will be deported.
Authorities also established
checkpoints on the roads leading out of Ixtepec and have sought to
impede the protest march since last week.
Solalinde told Efe last
Saturday that President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration was trying
to “neutralize” his work as an advocate for migrants’ rights, while
representatives of the London-based human rights group Amnesty
International expressed concern for the safety of the march participants
and met with them on Tuesday.
The caravan was able to depart
Ixtepec by taking an alternative route to Juchitan, avoiding roads that
would have taken them to the Gulf coast state of Veracruz or the city of
Even so, police relocated to the caravan’s new
destination and positioned themselves at the entrance to Juchitan,
according to Solalinde, who said the migrants are tired but in good
The priest said those walking in the caravan – known as
the Via Crucis, or Stations of the Cross, march because it draws a
parallel between the suffering Jesus endured and the ordeal experienced
by migrants – still plan to make their way to Mexico City.
the National Migration Institute, or INM, said in a statement that it
has offered to get foreign participants in the caravan in contact with
consular representatives who can assist them in returning to their home
An estimated 300,000 Central Americans undertake the
hazardous journey across Mexico each year on their way to the United
The trek is a dangerous one, with criminals and corrupt Mexican officials preying on the migrants.
Gangs kidnap, rob and murder migrants, who are often targeted in extortion schemes, Mexican officials say." via Lucianne
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