Mexican leaders in Los Angeles join their Central American compatriots in denouncing such acts after seeing images of Mexican officials brutally attacking migrants attempting to cross from Chiapas, Mexico, this week. Went.
Juan José Gutierrez, representative of the Coalition for Full Rights for Migrants, said he strongly condemned the conduct of representatives of the National Guard and the National Migration Institute (INM), who beat migrants in the rain. Some even in front of their children.
The images are accompanied by the screams of immigrants and the lack of compassion shown by those who attacked them.
Gutierrez said how can Mexico ask the United States to open doors for Mexican immigrants in need when Mexico doesn’t do the same to those trying to pass through the country.
He said Mexicans send a record amount of remittances that help the country, but the country itself is preventing other migrants from having the opportunity to do so.
“We are migrants, we are not criminals!” Central American, Venezuelan and Haitian immigrants continue to make their way through #chiapas, Mexico as the Mexican National Guard attempts to stop them. Solidarity with all migrants! ️🎥: @darinelzacarias #caravan migrant pic.twitter.com/sJWMRlCBln
— Voice in Movement (@VIM_Media) September 1, 2021
Gutierrez said, “It is not possible to impose double standards while we support Mexico, another type of violent treatment that Central Americans who want to come here to contribute to their nations are treated. “
This week, following a tradition of protecting refugees and foreigners who are forced to leave their countries, Mexico welcomed 125 Afghan citizens who were safe with the security of asylum in Mexico City.
“It contrasts in a very horrifying way with the brutal beatings we’ve had over the past three days against our Central American, South American and Caribbean brethren,” Gutierrez said.
Mexican and Central American activists met Friday in front of Mexico’s consulate general in Los Angeles, as it is considered the second most important place in the United States after the embassy representing Mexico.
From there he called on President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to act on the matter and, after emphasizing that he fully supported the president, he called for condemning the actions of Mexican officials.
“Before becoming president, [López Obrador] He told me personally that the recognition that made him most proud is that he was recognized internationally as a steadfast fighter for the human rights of all,” Gutierrez said. “But when we see those images of children shaking, weeping in despair, because that’s not the Mexico we want to present to the world”
— Damien Sanchez (@adriandejesusD2) August 29, 2021
Participating organizations were representatives of El Resquet, the Union of Guatemalan Immigrants, and the Honduran Alliance of Los Angeles.
In response to the attacks that went viral, the INM said in a statement on 29 August that it condemns any action that harms the human rights of the population in the context of mobility.
He said what happened was the result of “an expatriate man” starting to beat up a Mexican federal agent. Two more elements came to her aid, but upon arrival they “behaved inappropriately in her intervention”, exposing the chaos seen in various videos on the social network.
At least two people from INM who were involved in violence against migrants have already been suspended while investigations were on.