Migrants in caravan tear down border gate in Guatemala, rush toward border bridge into Mexico.
The Latest on a caravan of Central American migrants hoping to reach the United States (all times local):
Migrants in a caravan traveling through Central America have broken down gates at a border crossing and are streaming toward a bridge to Mexico.
After arriving at the tall, yellow metal fence Friday, some clambered atop it and on U.S.-donated military jeeps.
Young men began violently tugging on the barrier and finally succeeded in tearing it down. Men, women and children then rushed through toward the bridge, about 150 yards (137 meters) away.
Waving Honduran flags and carrying umbrellas to protect against the sun, thousands of migrants massed along Guatemala’s muddy Suchiate River crossing into Mexico on Friday.
What migrants said
They demanded to be let in despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats of retaliation.
“One way or another, we will pass,” the migrants chanted as they moved toward the bridge that connects the two countries as a disorganized crowd of women, men and children.
They got as far as a closed metal gate where two military jeeps were parked and Guatemalan police in riot gear looked on silently.
“We are not smugglers, we are immigrants!” the crowd shouted as they approached the yellow metal gate. Some climbed atop the gate and the U.S.-donated jeeps as they clamored to be allowed to pass.
Dozens of Mexican federal police officers were on the bridge, backed up by hundreds more officers deployed behind it.
Mexico’s ambassador to Guatemala said his country was enforcing what he called a policy of orderly entry in the face of the thousands trying to cross.
“It is an illegal activity,” said Ambassador Luis Manuel Lopez Moreno. He added that more than 100 migrants had been allowed to cross the bridge to apply for refugee status, including some who were from the caravan and others who were not.