The group set out on Monday, on the first day of the Americas Summit, which is held in Los Angeles and must approach migration issues.
Le Monde with AFP
A caravan of several thousand migrants set out on Monday, June 6, in southern Mexico with the intention of winning the United States, on the first day of the Americas Summit, which is held in Los Angeles and must approach migration issues.
The group, made up of men, women and children from Central America and Venezuela, left Tapachula, near the border with Guatemala, towards the border with the United States, more From 3,000 kilometers to the north, a photographer and a videographer from the France-Presse agency noted. No official figure on their number was available.
“Migrants are not criminals, they are international workers,” proclaimed a banner brandished by caravan members. “Freedom, freedom”, “we want visas”, shouted walkers, some of which sang the anthem from Venezuela.
“Without sacrifice, there is no victory”
“We say to the heads of state of the countries who meet today at the top of the Americas that women and migrant children, that the families of migrants, are not exchange currencies” for “interests Ideological and political, “said Luis Garcia, the NGO Center for Human Dignity (Centro de Dignificion Humana), which accompanies migrants.
Omar Herrera, a Venezuelan, said that he had abandoned his country and his work in a university because his salary “did not allow him to live”: “Without sacrifice, there is no victory, “he also said.
On the occasion of the Summit of the Americas, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, hopes to conclude a regional cooperation agreement on immigration, an explosive subject which earned him violent criticism from the republican opposition.
One of his main partners in Latin America, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, confirmed on Monday that he would not go to the top, because the United States did not invite Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela for breaches of democracy.
Migrant caravans that cross Mexico are subjects of tensions with the United States since the time of American President Donald Trump (2017-2021).
The number of people seeking to enter the United States after having fled poverty and violence in Central America and Haiti has been increasingly increasing for months.