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Honduran migrants move to the US camp in Guatemala after violent clashes with troops

Around 2,000 Honduran migrants are said to be housed in eastern Guatemala after security forces stopped their way to the United States with sticks and tear gas.

Authorities said up to 8,000 migrants, including families with young children, have entered the country Guatemala since Friday.

The caravan tried to flee poverty and lawlessness in a region that has been rocked by the US COVID-19 Pandemic and consecutive hurricanes in November.

Officials in Guatemala said they sent hundreds of migrants back to Honduras, but many set up camp about 55 km from the Honduras and El Salvador borders after clashing with security forces over the weekend.

A man who called his name as Pedro said, “There is no food or water, and there are thousands of children, pregnant women, babies, and they won’t let us pass.”

One mother who was traveling with her 15-year-old son, nine-year-old daughter and four-year-old niece said, “We are starving. We only have water and a few cookies.”

Other migrants have tried to avoid the deadlock by escaping into the hills to continue towards the border with Mexico, where the government has deployed police and troops.

Thousands of migrants had left the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula on Thursday to travel north and reach the US border.

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Officials in Guatemala said they had sent hundreds of migrants back to Honduras. Image: AP

As they marched towards the Mexican border via Guatemala, they ran into soldiers and police officers near the village of Vado Hondo.

“This type of illegal mass movement (of people) is not accepted. That is why we are working with neighbors to address this as a regional problem,” the Guatemalan president’s office said in a statement.

The caravan comes from before the inauguration on Wednesday Joe BidenMigrants hope will be more sympathetic to their plight than the outgoing President Donald Trump.

An official on Mr. Biden’s transition team advised people not to make the “extremely dangerous” trip to the United States.

“Dealing with the challenges posed by the chaotic and gruesome policies of the past four years and those brought forward by COVID-19 will take time,” added the official.

In 2018, a group from San Pedro Sula set off for the United States and asked Mr. Trump to falsely claim via his Twitter account that “criminals” were on their way to the border.

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