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Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2021. 2:16 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: At least 300 Honduran migrants left San Pedro Sula on Tuesday en route to Guatemala in a caravan that had as its objective to reach the United States.

Guatemalan daily Prensa Libre and Honduran daily La Prensa reported today that the caravan had broken down because of police blockades in Honduras and just a few had been able to cross into Guatemala. However, Prensa Libre said that the state of prevention instituted by the Alejandro Giammattei government was still in effect and the Guatemalan police had detained more than 200 Hondurans who entered Guatemala illegally and who did not meet biosecurity requirements which include a COVID-19 test and wearing of masks.

The Guatemalan government said the state of prevention was still on in the departments of Izabal, Zacapa, Chiquimula, El Progreso, and Petén.

The Honduran migrants had departed San Pedro Sula on foot, but some had jumped on buses to reach the Guatemala border faster.

Reports out of Honduras said the authorities there had detained minors who were traveling without their parents’ consent. A number of adults have also been stopped because they could not provide any identification.

This migrant caravan was rather small in comparison to other caravans that have left Honduras with the intent of reaching the United States.

Prensa Libre said 16 other Hondurans who were crossing illegally through the border town of Corinto near Puerto Barrios, Izabal, were detained in the last few hours.

Guatemalan police are today carrying out bus and minibus searches on the Atlantic Highway in search of Central American migrants traveling without migratory permits and those without are being sent back to the border through which they crossed.

Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua allow the free flow of their citizens from one country to another using only the personal identification cards, though Honduras issues border passes which have to be applied for eight days in advance.

Hondurans migrants said they are looking for a better life and running away from violence and poverty which has gotten worse due to two hurricanes that hit Honduras in 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic.


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