A caravan of roughly 3,000 migrants formed in southern Mexico Sunday to protest a detention center fire that occurred near the border with the U.S. recently, according to Border Report.
The group set out from Tapachula in southern Mexico near the Guatemalan border to protest the Mexican government’s handling of the recent detention center fire in Juarez that killed 40 migrants, according to Border Report. The fire occurred in March across from El Paso, Texas. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: New Wristband Monitors For Illegal Migrants Aim To ‘Destigmatize’ Enforcement With ‘Less Obtrusive’ Design)
The group hoped to reach Mexico City to demand action from the country’s government, according to Border Report.
“Now we have decided to move forward in this journey because of the 40 dead who died up there, who set fire to them, they are murderers, they don’t want the people of our countries, and we want justice to be done,” Juan Carlos Hernandez, a Honduran migrant, said.
Mexican officials, including the country’s top immigration leader, have faced charges associated with the tragedy.
“The door was closed, because the person who had the keys wasn’t there,” Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador said after a video surfaced that appeared to show two guards walking away during the fire, according to the Associated Press.
The group is asking that the Mexican government shut down its immigration agency over the fire, the caravan’s organizer, Irineo Mújica, said, according to Border Report.
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