WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Nov 19, 2018, 07.18 AM
Hundreds of Tijuana, Mexico's border city, residents took to the streets on Sunday to stage a protest against the thousand of Central Americans who arrived in the city hoping to take asylum in the United States.
Protestors raised Mexican flags and banners as they also sang the country's national anthem. Protestors also raised slogans like "Out! Out!" in front of the statue of the Aztec ruler Cuauhtemoc, 1 mile from the US border.
Protestors demanded caravan members to return to their countries while accusing the of generating insecurity and violating Mexican laws. They also called the migrants arriving in the city an "invasion" and danger to Tijuana.
"They are invaders! They are armed! Get out of the country," protestors shouted as they crowded into an emblematic city roundabout. The protest also involved some residents of the nearby US city of San Diego, California.
Meanwhile, Reuters quoted a Honduran migrant saying that they had a right to protest.
"They have the right to protest because they don't like that we're here but in spite of everything, they (Mexicans) are good people. They are the same as us. But we're only passing through. We won't stay here," said Honduran migrant, Karina Rosales, while staying at a shelter set-up at Benito Juarez Sports Centre in Tijuana.
Tijuana, in the Mexican state of Baja California, is at the westerly end of the border, around 17 miles (38km) from San Diego, California.
Thousands of migrants arrived in Tijuana recently. Local authorities in Mexico has estimated that since November 12, about 6,000 Central American migrants have arrived in both Tijuana and another neighbouring border city, Mexicali, many of them accompanied by their children.
Meanwhile, authorities of Mexico and the United States increased the measures of security at the border. Since Saturday, large iron barricades were seen on the side of Tijuana in some of the vehicular lanes of the port of entry to San Ysidro, considered the busiest crossing in the world.
On the San Ysidro side, large portions of barbed wire were also placed on top of the steel wall that separates the two countries. At the Mexican border, it is unusual to close ports of entry to the United States.
In another area of the city, a smaller group of people demonstrated against the discrimination against migrants and asked for the assistance to continue.
(With inputs from news agencies)
Protestors demanded caravan members to return to their countries while accusing the of generating insecurity and violating Mexican laws.