TAPANATEPEC, Mexico – Thousands of Central American migrants paused on their long journey through southern Mexico on Sunday, but vowed to sway with some Mexican government officials between helping and stunting.
Some rested in the shade of tarpaulins stretched over the town square or collected garbage. Others went to the nearby Novillero River.
The tensions of a long hike through scorching heat with scant supplies of food and other goods shot over Saturday night when a dispute over a food line evolved into a man's false beating
Raul Medina Melendez, security chief of the tiny community of Tapanatepec State of Oaxaca, said the city distribute sandwiches and water to migrants on Saturday night in the central square. When a man with a megaphone asked people to wait for their turn, some men hurled insults at him. "At last people got angry, and the ones below started attacking the boy," Medina said.
When the man ran, a false rumor spread that he had taken a child for protection and he was caught and beaten. The police rescued him and took him to a hospital for treatment, although his condition was not immediately clear.
On Sunday, some in the caravan attacked microphones to denounce the attack.
"So we will always behave?" A woman from Honduras asked. "At some point there is a rumor that everyone will run to beat someone?"
Others complained about a few smoking marijuana or complained that pictures of garbage and not eaten food made them disrespectful.
On Saturday, an arm of The Federal Government seemed to help migrants directly for the first time, instead of trying to downsize the caravan. Grupo Beta, Mexico's immigration office, gave outliers rides and distributed water.
"There are people who pass out, there are injured," said Martin Rojas, an agent of Grupo Beta, who spoke with The Associated Press group of women and children in Tapanatepec after being left on a highway at temperatures of However, other organizations have routinely tried to prevent or erode the mass migration whose progress has led the US President Donald Trump threatens threats against Mexico
On Saturday blocked more than 100 people dressed in police custody Federal police used the highway before dawn to encourage migrants to seek refugee status in Mexico instead of continuing north.
Police continued to drive the caravan after representatives of the National Human Rights Commission of Mexico convinced them that it was a rural road with no shadows, toilets or waterways. There was no place where migrants could seek asylum. Many members of the caravan have been on the road for more than two weeks since a group first formed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
The caravan still has to travel 1,600 kilometers to reach the next US border crossing in McAllen. Texas. The trip could be twice as long as the approximately 4,000 migrants head for the Tijuana-San Diego border, as another caravan had done earlier this year. Only about 200 in this group made it to the limit.
Most migrants in the caravan seemed determined to reach the US, despite an escape offer in Mexico.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto launched on Friday a program called "You're home", promising Central Americans protection, medical care, education and jobs that agree to stay away from the southern Mexican states of Chiapas and Oaxaca US border to stay.
Mexico's Ministry of the Interior Told This Temporary Identity Figures were issued for 111 migrants that would allow migrants to stay and work in Mexico. The ministry said pregnant women, children and the elderly were among those who had joined the program and were now placed in shelters.
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