ISLA, Mexico – The caravan of 4,000 Central American migrants traveling through Mexico split into groups on Saturday: one of them spent the night in a city in the coastal state of Veracruz, while others left for Mexico City.
The divisions arose during an exciting day in which the moods arose and some migrants argued with the organizers of the caravan and criticized Mexican officials. They were angry because the governor of Veracruz, Miguel Ángel Yunes, was making an offer that he had made Friday evening to offer buses on Saturdays to transport the migrants to the capital of the country.
The Central Americans walked to the city of Isla, about 700 kilometers from the border with the United States, where several thousand people stopped to rest, eat and get medical help. They planned to spend the night there before they left at 5 am on Saturday morning at the Veracruz Veracruz city.
But other migrants, mainly men and the youngest members of the group, continue to walk or request trips to Puebla and Mexico City. They decided to spend the night in the city of Juan Rodríguez Clara or in Tierra Blanca, further on.
"We think it's better to stay with the caravan, we'll stay with her and respect the organizers," said Luis Euseda, a 32-year-old Honduran from Tegucigalpa who travels on Isla with his wife Jessica Fugón. "Others went by, maybe they have no goal, but we do have a goal and that is to arrive. "
In the past few days, the organizers of the caravan have applied for buses after walking on the road for three weeks, walking around and accepting finger rides. When the group broke up, some wondered whether the caravan would stay together.
In a statement, The migrants criticized the Mexican authorities for identifying a northern route through the state of Veracruz, with coasts in the Gulf of Mexico that called it the "route of death." A journey through the sugar cane fields and orchards takes them through a state where hundreds of migrants have disappeared in recent years, victims of kidnappers who want to collect ransom.
Authorities in Veracruz said that in September they had discovered the remains of at least 174 people buried in clandestine graves. Some security experts question whether they are like foreign people.
Gerardo Pérez, a 20-year-old migrant, said he was tired. "They play with our dignity, if they had seen the happiness of the people last night when they told us we were going by bus, and not today," he said.
The caravan strategy that "force in number" has enabled them to get support while traveling through Mexico and has inspired other migrants to try their luck in other caravans.
Mexico faces the unprecedented situation of having three caravans along 500 km of road in the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Veracruz, with a total of 6,000 migrants.
Another group of migrants From El Salvador he crossed the Suchiate River on Friday to enter Mexico, with between 1,000 and 1,500 people who wanted to reach the United States. Initially the caravan tried to cross the river between Guatemala and Mexico, but the Mexican authorities told them to show passports and visas and enter groups of 50 to have their papers examined.
Another caravan also between 1,000 and 1,500 people, he entered Mexico a few days ago and is now in Chiapas. In this group are Hondurans, Salvadorans and some Guatemalans.
Mexican authorities seem to have difficulty in helping them or resolving obstacles.
Occasionally immigration officers and the police have arrested the migrants in smaller caravans. But several mayors have welcomed them, organizing what is needed to give them food and a place to camp.