The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, affirmed this Wednesday that his government “does not hide anything” about the fire in which they died 38 migrants from Central and South America at a station of the National Institute of Migration (INM) in Ciudad Juarez.
There is no purpose to hide the facts, no purpose to protect anyone, the violation of human rights is not allowed in our government, nor is impunity allowed”,the president asserted in his daily press conference.
“In no way are we going to hide the facts, we are not going to act unfairly in the face of this that is so painful, so sad for us,” he added.
His statements come as scrutiny grows over Mexico due to the fire on Monday night at the train station. INMnear the US borderwhere there was almost 70 migrants from Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador.
Leaked security videos show impassive agents while detained migrants asked them to open the door, and compatriots of the victims have denounced that the tragedy “could have been avoided.”
Faced with the controversy, López Obrador accused the journalists at his conference of “being very interested in this, more because of the pain it can cause them, because of the sensationalism.”
I’m seeing the social media thing, all our adversaries and most of the media are against us.”
The president announced a conference of the Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC) to detail the information on Wednesday afternoon.
He reiterated that the main theory is that migrants set fire to the station upon learning of their deportation.
There are versions, we already have preliminary information, but we want to have all the elements to report, if possible today, report on what happened in the version of the Government that I represent”,
He also asked the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) take charge of the investigation.
This, he assured, is “so that there is no impunity, that it is clearly clarified who was responsible and that responsibilities are specifically established and those who have caused this painful tragedy are punished in accordance with the law.”
The presence of migrants in the area has intensified this year since the United States announced new measures, which include the immediate deportation of migrants from Haiti, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba who arrive by land under “Title 42.”
The Mexican government has also faced criticism from human rights organizations for accepting US policies and deploying more than 20,000 agents of the Armed Forces at the borders for immigration tasks.
According to Mexican civil organizations, 2022 was the most tragic year for migrants in Mexico, as nearly 900 died trying to cross without documents from the country to the United States.
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