Guatemala tries blocking US-bound Honduran migrants as caravan swells to 9,000

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Sun, 2021-01-17 05:33

GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemalan soldiers blocked part of a caravan of as many as 9,000 Honduran migrants Saturday at a point not far from where they entered the country seeking to reach the US border.
The soldiers, many wearing helmets and wielding shields and sticks, formed ranks across a highway in Chiquimula, near the Honduras border, to block the procession of migrants.
Guatemala’s immigration agency distributed a video showing a couple of hundred men scuffling with soldiers, pushing and running through their lines, even as troops held hundreds more back.

Honduran migrants hoping to reach the US cross the border patrolled by Guatemalan soldiers, in El Florido, Guatemala, on Jan. 16, 2021.  (AP Photo/Sandra Sebastian)
Honduran migrants hoping to reach the US cross the border patrolled by Guatemalan soldiers, in El Florido, Guatemala, on Jan. 16, 2021.  (AP Photo/Sandra Sebastian)
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