Migrants' protest convoy reaches Mexico City with complaints

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Posted: Apr 18, 2015 8:12 PM
Migrants' protest convoy reaches Mexico City with complaints

MEXICO CITY (AP) — About 200 participants in a protest convoy of Central American migrants arrived in Mexico's capital Saturday and filed abuse complaints with the government's National Human Rights Commission.

The agency said in a statement that an ombudsman met with representatives of the protest, who turned in 139 complaints alleging violations against migrants by Mexican federal police and immigration officers.

The protesters were accompanied by the Rev. Alejandro Solalinde, who runs a shelter for migrants in southern Mexico. He charged that federal agents had "committed various violations of human rights" against migrants

He called for an investigation of events at a road checkpoint in the southern state of Oaxaca, where he has said officers tried to prevent the protest convoy from heading to Mexico City.

Mexico's immigration agency said earlier in the week that it respects migrants' rights.

The migrants' convoy left Oaxaca this week later than originally planned in what has become an annual "Viacrucis" protest time around Easter. Upon reaching the capital, migrants carried wooden crosses to protest suffering at the hands of criminals and corrupt police. They also attended a Mass at the Basilica of Guadalupe.