Rubber bullets and tear gas were used against them. American media reported that stones were thrown at border guards.
The group of no less than 500 migrants attempted to “forcefully” cross the El Charapal border crossing near the city of Tijuana, the Mexican Interior Ministry reported . The American authorities in response blocked the checkpoint between San Diego and Tijuana, and also blocked the movement of cars.
The assault took place after hundreds of participants separated from the peaceful demonstration of refugees. According to eyewitnesses, among these people were women and children. As BuzzFeed noted , the US military used tear gas and rubber bullets against migrants.
U.S.-Mexico border near Tijuana closed as migrants attempt to breach fence:
“Some of these migrants attempted to breach legacy fence infrastructure…and sought to harm CBP personnel by throwing projectiles at them,” DHS Sec. Nielsen said in a statement. https://t.co/YP5cIFX5KZ pic.twitter.com/U0voEg1yAs
— ABC News (@ABC) November 25, 2018
Video of the migrant caravan storming our border & hurling rocks/projectiles at American border patrol & military.
To every person who enabled this crisis & classified the migrant caravan as non-violent: Shame on you.
Now American lives are in danger. pic.twitter.com/pVxA1cGD9T
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 25, 2018
Migrants “tried to violate the infrastructure of the fence,” while using some “projectiles,” said US Homeland Security Secretary Kristien Nielsen. FoxNews indicated that migrants threw “objects that looked like stones” towards the border guards. At the same time, US President Donald Trump had previously stated that the US authorities would consider stones flying toward the border as a firearm.
Attempts to storm the border were detained. Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete promised to deport all identified migrants involved in the conflict.
— Annie Rose Ramos (@Annie_Rose23) November 25, 2018
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) November 25, 2018
A multi-thousand caravan of migrants moved from Central America through Mexico to the borders of the United States in October. Most people traveled from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador due to persecution, violence and poverty. The Ministry of Interior of Mexico estimated the number of caravans in more than 8 thousand people.