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Migrant caravan reaches Mexico City

The NGO organizing the caravan has stated they will conclude the this year's march in Mexico City after meeting with Mexican authorities
 Migrant caravan reaches Mexico City
Members of the migrant caravan in Mexico City - Photo: Predo Villa y Caña/EL UNIVERSAL
09/04/2018
11:00
Newsroom & Agencies
Mexico City
Pedro Villa y Caña, Teresa Moreno & EFE
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This weekend, the migrant caravan known as “Migrant Via Crucis 2018,” comprised in its majority of Central American migrants, reached Mexico City after departing from Chiapas on March 25.

According to reports available, a large number of the marchers remained in Puebla while a reduced number of its participants decided went ahead and reached Mexico City, where they protested at the Angel of the Independence monument and in front of the offices of the U.S. Embassy nearby.

Irineo Mujica, coordinator of the caravan and member of NGO Pueblo Sin Fronteras (roughly, People without Borders) addressed the media to denounce that the members of the caravan have been “attacked” and “used” by U.S. President Donald Trump to “frighten the American people,” and of being depicted as “the most dangerous criminals in the world.”

Today, the members of the caravan who remained in Puebla are expected to rejoin the rest in Mexico City, and once they have regrouped, the caravan is expected to meet with Mexican authorities to make their demands, such as the strengthening of the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance (COMAR), the resolution of pending visa application for asylum seekers, among others.

The NGO, which has been organizing the march every year since 2010, has stated that after concluding their activities in Mexico's capital city, they will terminate this year's caravan.

The caravan had set out to reach the border region at the beginning, yet the organizers claim that due to the high number of children walking with them – 300 more or less – they decided to end the event in Mexico City.
 

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