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Guatemalan Police and Military Beat Back Caravan of Honduran Asylum Seekers

HeadlineJan 19, 2021

In Guatemala, military and police forces blocked and broke up a caravan of thousands of Honduran asylum seekers over the weekend as they headed north. Videos surfaced of military and police assaulting asylum seekers — including children — with tear gas and batons. Several were injured. This is Angie Osorio, a Honduran asylum seeker.

Angie Osorio: “The officers have mistreated us. They have treated us like dogs. 'Go to your country,' they say. That’s not fair. They should put their hands on their hearts. The children are not at fault. What they are doing is wrong. We have fled many things that are happening in Honduras, so it is not fair that we are treated like this, like dogs, like animals.”

The caravan of some 7,000 asylum seekers left Honduras last week — as people are fleeing the devastation left behind by two back-to-back hurricanes that battered the region last November and an economic crisis that worsened during the pandemic. The Guatemalan government has been increasingly pressured by the U.S. to prevent asylum seekers from reaching the U.S.-Mexico border.

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