Migrants clash with US border police as 2,500 attempt to force their way in
This is the shocking moment a Honduran migrant gang clashed with Mexican border police as their 2,500-strong caravan headed for the United States.
Asylum seekers and soldiers fought running battles on a bridge separating Mexico and Guatemala on Monday – after US President Donald Trump threatened sanctions if the flood of migrants isn't stopped.
Hundreds of guardsmen lined the Suchiate River to stop swimmers crossing, while migrants on the bridge waved the Honduran flag and belted out the national anthem as they tried to force their way through.
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Thousands of migrants have entered Guatemala from Honduras in recent days – sparking fears of a new migrant caravan.
Officials waved through small groups who queued properly for immigration checks.
It comes after Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offered 4,000 jobs to members of the caravan to stop them moving north.
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Authorities say 4,000 people have arrived in Guatemala in recent days, the biggest surge since the 2018 caravan.
Footage from Saturday morning shows a group of migrants clashing with Mexico's national guard – with women and children getting caught up in the scuffles.
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Mexican Interior Minister Olga Sanchez warned that migrants who force their way through would not be guaranteed safe passage to America.
His ministry said: "In the majority of cases, once the particular migration situation has been reviewed, assisted returns will be carried out to their countries of origin, assuming that their situation warrants it."
In July, Guatemala's former President Jimmy Morales agreed a deal with Donald Trump to reduce US asylum claims and avert sanctions.
Nicaraguan migrant Israel Connor said: "We are going to struggle, but if God is with us, nobody can stop us.
"We know we are going to get through Guatemala, and God will soften the hearts of the Mexican authorities."
Im 2018 thousands of migrants attempted to "rush" the border barriers before they were beaten back by US border patrol agents.
Violent clashes occurred as the United States attempted to stem the flow of people crossing into the country.
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