Guatemalan Authorities Attempt to Disperse US-bound Migrant Caravan

Guatemalan security forces have deployed tear gas and used batons to beat back a large migrant caravan bound for the United States.

Guatemalan security forces have deployed tear gas and used batons to beat back a large migrant caravan bound for the United States.

Over 8000 migrants, mostly from Honduras were stopped at a two-lane highway to Chiquimula in an area known as Vado Hondo near the Mexican border.

Footage shared on social media has shown the security forces clad in riot gear beating the migrants who tried to go past the blockades.

An unnamed regional health official said that some protesters were reportedly injured in the clashes.

“You cannot and will not get through. Please understand that carrying on isn’t possible,” said Guatemala’s immigration chief, Guillermo Díaz.

Despite the stonewalling of Guatemalan forces, some migrants refused to leave and camped out at the highway while some went home or tried passing by the mountains.

Diaz said that the Guatemalan government security forces did not allow anyone to go through because of COVID-19 protocols.

According to Diaz, those who want to enter the country would need legal travel documents, and a negative COVID-19 test.

Diaz added that there was intelligence that alleged members of organized crime gangs had joined the caravan.


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