July 29, 2021

Migrant Caravan will leave Mexico City by bus or on foot, on Friday

Migrant Caravan will leave Mexico City by bus or on foot, on Friday

The migrant caravan that regrouped during these days in Mexico City will depart from this city on Friday at 05.00 local time (11.00 GMT) to the state of Querétaro, center of the country, they informed today in assembly.

In a vote by show of hands, the more than 5,000 migrants chose to leave the Mexican capital "on foot or by bus" after completing a four-day and five-day stay in some cases.

"With buses or without buses tomorrow we go, we were not born by bus, we were not born in transport", they expressed during the assembly.

"There will be buses and if not, we will go on foot, if that is not confirmed (buses) in two hours, tomorrow we leave because nobody wants to stay here," they added.

Gathered in the soccer field of a sports complex, to the east of the capital that served as a shelter, the migrants had a festive mood and some wanted to walk from midnight today.

All the time the consultation was popular and the decisions were taken by a majority vote.

"Are we leaving?" They asked the crowd and it answered: "Yes!" and again the question: "Are we staying?" and the general response: "No!"

On Thursday, members of the caravan demanded before the Office in Mexico of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that buses will be provided to arrive safely at the border with the United States.

A group of 5,000 migrants made a journey of about 13 kilometers to reach the UN-DH facilities in the well-to-do Polanco neighborhood, to the west of the capital.

Led by the Honduran journalist Milton Benítez, they asked 150 buses to continue on the Mexican territory the road they started on October 13 in San Pedro Sula.

These vehicles "can prevent deaths," said Benítez, who pointed out that tragedies like the one that occurred in 2011 in San Fernando, in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, should not be repeated when 72 migrants were allegedly murdered by the Los Zetas criminal group.

In the assembly they pointed out that the UN that in resolving the issue of buses on Thursday night and even had time to spend a joke about Mexican food.

"How many want to stay to eat cakes (sandwiches made from bread and very popular in Mexico) forever?" One of the spokesmen asked the thousands of Central Americans and in chorus they responded "Nobody!".

The majority chose to continue their route to reach the city of Tijuana, border with the United States and restart their pilgrimage on Friday at 5 in the morning with the next stop in the city of Querétaro.

"The safe route is through Tijuana, many want to go the other way but they are the ones who travel alone," a Honduran woman said into the microphone.

"Remember that we must all walk together, we are not in our country and walking together we will reach our destination." Arriving at the house, we began asking for "milestones," he added.


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