The Mexican government of outgoing President Nieto is having his hands full as now multiple migrant caravans are either already in his country or are trying to enter it from the Guatemala border. Newly elected President Obrador is trying not to comment too much before he takes office on 1 December.
Reporters in the central American countries Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras say that as many as 3 or 4 migrant caravans are now on their way to the US’s southern border, all with several thousand people.
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The second ‘caravan’ of about 1,500 to 2,000 people has been able to reach the Mexican southern border, where some of them rioted with police as their entry to the US’s southern neighbor was blocked.
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The violence took place in the city of Tecun Uman, a border town between Guatemala and Mexico.
The local fire department of the town confirmed the death of a 26-year-old male from Honduras after clashes with police on the bridge of Puente Rodolfo Robles. He was hit in the head with a rubber bullet and died later in hospital. Several others were wounded.
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Mexican Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete Prida denied that his country's forces were responsible. He claims that Mexican federal police and immigration agents who were blocking entry to his country were in turn attacked with rocks, glass bottles and fireworks when migrants broke through a gate on the Mexican side of the border.
According to the Mexican Interior Ministry, none of the officers were armed with firearms or anything that could fire rubber bullets.
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Mr Navarrete said some of the attackers carried guns and firebombs, stating: "Mexico does not criminalize undocumented immigration."
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