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Haiti - FLASH : Haitians clash with the National Guard in Tapachula (Mexico)
23/02/2022 08:39:26

Haiti - FLASH : Haitians clash with the National Guard in Tapachula (Mexico)
Tuesday, February 22 in Tapachula, a border town with Guatemala, located in southeastern Mexico, more than a hundred migrants, mostly from Haiti, clashed with riot police with stones and sticks. National Guard near the regulatory office of the National Institute for Migration (INM)

The incident occurred after the discovery in the trash of appointment documents attributed to migrants of other nationalities,

Some Haitians have said they have been waiting for their papers for months, so that clashes with the authorities have intensified since the beginning of 2022. They also denounce that the INM asks them 150 pesos per person, including children for have access to appointments and be able to be assisted and begin the process of processing the humanitarian visa, which allows them to continue their journey to the United States.

In an initial clash, Haitian and African migrants knocked down metal fences and forced federal authorities to withdraw.

Several INM agents found themselves stuck in the administrative office, while Civil Protection agents assisted injured women.

National Guard agents pushed back a group of migrants who managed to enter the street near the immigration offices, which provoked a second confrontation which lasted more than an hour during which the Haitians threw stones and other objects at the riot police who responded by beating the migrants hard. The windows of a van were smashed and stones were thrown at several other vehicles.

After the confrontation, the Haitians erected a barricade of stones, branches and burning tires on the street leading to the immigration regulation office blocking traffic...

"It's gotten completely out of control because people are very desperate, the authorities keep making them believe they're going to help them, but many have been waiting for months," said a human rights activist who supports the protests. immigrants for several years.

It should be noted that these conflicts are the consequence of record migratory flows experienced by the region towards the United States. The Customs and Border Protection Office detected more than 1.7 million people in an irregular migration situation at the border with Mexico in fiscal year 2021, which ended on September 30. For its part, Mexico expelled more than 114,000 foreigners in 2021, according to data from the country's Ministry of Interior.

Let's recall that the Mexican Commission for Aid to Refugees (COMAR) received 131,448 refugee applications, a record number in 2021. Among these applications, more than 51,000 came from Haitian citizens.

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