Asylum-seeking migrants clash with authorities at Mexico’s southern border

Thousands of migrants clashed with authorities on Monday in Tapachula, on Mexico’s southern border, where they tore down metal fences at the offices of the National Commission for Refugee Assistance (COMAR), which is overwhelmed by a new wave of migrants.

Between 5,000 and 6,000 migrants, mostly from Cuba and Haiti, gathered in front of the COMAR offices, outwitting the National Guard and the municipal police of Tapachula, on Mexico’s border with Guatemala.

The disorganization led to an avalanche of people who stumbled and fell on each other.

COMAR has reported a 30% increase in asylum applications between January and August 2023 compared to the previous year, when it registered a record of almost 100,000 applications.

Despite the intrusion, COMAR has not suspended its services, as thousands of Cuban migrants were waiting on the road to register for their appointment.


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