American border guards claim that used tear gas after a crowd of refugees began to throw stones at them. Because of the incident, 25 people were detained.
About 150 migrants from Latin America on Tuesday, January 1, tried to cross the US-Mexico border near Tijuana. American border guards used tear gas against the refugees.
As reported in the US border service, tear gas was used due to the fact that the crowd began to throw stones at law enforcement officers. As a result, 25 people were detained, among them — two teenagers. The remaining refugees were able to return to Mexico. At the same time, according to AP photojournalist, migrants began to throw stones after the border guards used force.
At the moment, the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Mexico has not made statements about the incident. In connection with a similar incident in November 2018, the Mexican authorities initiated an investigation, considering the use of tear gas as the use of weapons against the state.
In recent months, thousands of Latin Americans who want to escape poverty and violence at home have been trying to break through the border into the United States. They have camped in the Tijuana area and hope to seek refuge in the United States. At the same time, the US President Donald Trump tightened control on the US border.