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3,000 migrants in Mexico be part of large march demanding finish to detention facilities after final month’s lethal hearth

About 3,000 migrants started marching via southern Mexico Sunday demanding an finish to detention facilities after a fireplace at one facility final month left 40 folks lifeless in Ciudad Juárez. 

The caravan departed from the Mexican metropolis of Tapachula, close to the Guatemalan border, Sunday, making their means on foot via the agricultural state of Chiapas in 95-degree climate, BBC reported. They intend to succeed in the capital of Mexico City in 10 days. Those collaborating within the march are stated to be primarily from Central America, Cuba, Venezuela, Ecuador and Colombia. 

Organizer Irineo Mújica advised the Associated Press the migrants are demanding the dissolving of the nation’s immigration company, whose officers have been blamed — and a few charged with murder — within the March 27 hearth. Mújica referred to as the immigration detention facilities “jails.”


Migrants march to Mexico City

Migrants begin strolling north on their technique to Mexico City from Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, Sunday, April 23, 2023. (AP Photo/Edgar Hernandez Clemente)

The hearth in Ciudad Juarez, throughout the border from El Paso, Texas, started after a migrant allegedly set hearth to foam mattresses to protest a supposed switch. The hearth rapidly stuffed the ability with smoke. Security footage purportedly confirmed the guards flee smoke with out letting migrants out.

“In this Viacrucis, we’re asking the federal government that justice be finished to the killers, for them to cease hiding high-ranking officers,” Mújica stated in Tapachula. “We are additionally asking that these jails be ended, and that the National Immigration Institute be dissolved.”

Migrants protest Mexican detention centers after deadly fire

A migrant holds a cross with textual content that reads in Spanish “State crime. Dead.” as he and others begin strolling north from Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, Sunday, April 23, 2023.  (AP Photo/Edgar Hernandez Clemente)

“It might properly have been any of us,” Salvadoran migrant Miriam Argueta advised the AP. “In reality, lots of our countrymen died. The solely factor we’re asking for is justice, and to be handled like anybody else.”


Some migrants carried banners or crosses studying “Government Crime” and “The Government Killed Them.” Mexican prosecutors have stated they’ll press costs in opposition to the immigration company’s prime nationwide official, Francisco Garduño, who’s scheduled to look in courtroom April 21.

Migrants in southern Mexico plan protest march

Migrants who’re collaborating in a caravan relaxation on the outskirts of Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, Sunday, April 23, 2023. Migrants set out Sunday on what they name a mass protest procession via southern Mexico. (AP Photo/Edgar H. Clemente)

Mexican federal prosecutors have stated Garduño was remiss in not stopping the catastrophe in Ciudad Juarez regardless of earlier indications of issues at his company’s detention facilities. Prosecutors stated authorities audits had discovered “a sample of irresponsibility and repeated omissions” within the immigration institute.

Six officers of the National Immigration Institute, a guard on the middle and the Venezuelan migrant accused of beginning the blaze are already in custody going through murder costs.

A decide on Saturday additionally ordered the immigration director of Mexico’s northern border state of Chihuahua, Salvador González, to face trial on costs of murder, accidents and failure to carry out his duties, for final month’s lethal hearth on the migrant middle in Ciudad Juárez. 

Migrant caravan

Migrants begin strolling north from Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, Sunday, April 23, 2023, after a fireplace at a detention facility final month left 40 lifeless.  (AP Photo/Edgar Hernandez Clemente)

Judge Juan José Chávez stated there was proof that González didn’t do his obligation to guard the migrants.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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