3,000 Migrants Set Off on Protest March across Mexico

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An estimated 3,000 mostly Central American, Cuban, Ecuadorian, Colombian and Venezuelan migrants set off on a massive march Sunday, April 23, from the south of Mexico toward Mexico City to protest against detention centers and demand reforms regarding the treatment of undocumented migrants.

The march began early Sunday near the Guatemalan border, and while the migrants said that they would end their protest in Mexico City, in the past similar marches have later headed north toward the U.S. border.

The march was triggered by last month’s deadly fire in the border town of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, just south of El Paso, Texas, which resulted in the deaths of 39 migrants.

Three officials from Mexico’s National Immigration Institute, a guard at the migrant center and a Venezuelan migrant are reportedly in custody for allegedly starting that fire.

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