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Haiti - FLASH : Haitian and African migrants clash with stones in Tapachula (Mexico)
08/04/2022 09:40:27

Haiti - FLASH : Haitian and African migrants clash with stones in Tapachula (Mexico)
On April 6, in the city of Tapachula (State in southern Chiapas), high tension reigned between migrants from Africa and Haiti who were trying to take control of the long queue in front of the facilities of the National Institute for Migration (INM).

All started when a woman of African descent was assaulted by a Haitian woman, leaving her unconscious, which sparked a confrontation between the two ethnic groups.

The Africans picked up stones and repeatedly tried to break through the National Guard security fence to throw the stones at the Haitians who were behind the riot barriers.

Thereafter they pushed back the separation barriers which are used to divide the lines of migrants when they arrive to carry out administrative procedures and threw stones at the Haitians who replied.

For several minutes, Africans and Haitians threw stones at each other, causing panic among residents and staff circulating in the area.

The Africans accuse the Haitians of selling passes for 1,000 pesos to access the offices, while these documents are free. They accuse Haitians of being complicit with corrupt immigration agents to obtain several passes to resell them...

Note that this is the first recorded clash between migrants from Africa and Haiti less than 48 hours after the reopening of the migration regularization offices in Tapachula closed after a group of migrants violently burst into the facilities to demand humanitarian visas so they can travel freely through Mexico to reach the border with the United States, a country where they intend to seek political asylum https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-36025-haiti-flash-haitians-clash-with-the-national-guard-in-tapachula-mexico.html During this incident which had injured several migrants and the National Guard, the migrants vandalized all the offices on their passage.

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