AFP found that a hundred Venezuelan migrants protesting on Mexico’s northern border this Monday were chased away by rubber bullets fired by United States Border Patrol agents, which the Mexican government rejected.
Protesters carrying giant flags of Venezuela and the United States began a march towards the Bravo River, the natural border in Ciudad Juárez (North).
The migrants managed to cross the river before returning to Mexico, “Let us in, we want to work!”
Border Patrol agents detained one of the march’s leaders, Mexican-American artist Roberto Márquez “Robenz”, and a Venezuelan, prompting the protesters to return to Mexico.
At the time, according to what an AFP reporter saw, US troops began firing rubber bullets, to which the migrants responded with stones.
Following the incident, a Mexican Foreign Ministry official said in a Twitter message that he sought a report from the United States on what happened.
“Mexico reiterates that respect for the human rights of people in a state of mobility should be the basis of the actions of all immigration officials and rejects any potential excessive use of force,” wrote the head of the Americas unit, Roberto Velasco. chancery
Venezuela’s Eli Alfonso Segura shows AFP a round-shaped injury left in his back by one of the rubber bullets.
“I was fighting so that they would not take my flag away from me, and when I was in the river they shot me and they shot me again and again. They misbehave with us like cowards, because we are unarmed Humble, hardworking people,” said the young man.
Despite Washington revising its immigration policies on October 12, many Venezuelans have set up a camp in Ciudad Juárez in the hope of being able to cross the border.
According to the new directive, 24,000 Venezuelans will be able to enter through a formal petition and by air, while those who cross the border illegally will be returned to Mexican territory.