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Migrants killed in Mexican detention center fire: Eight officials accused of inaction

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Transparency process. In tenant compte d’une video accusatrice, les autorités Mexicanines ont annoncé mercredi 29 mars l’ouverture d’une enquête for « homicide » after the death of 39 migrants in l’incendie d’un center de detention in Ciudad Juarez in the frontier United States.

None of the officials or private security personnel took any action to open the door for the migrants who were inside. [d’une cellule, ndlr] while there was a fireHuman Rights Prosecutor Sarah Irene Herreras Guerra said at a news conference.

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Eight supposed officials have been identified, for her part indicated by the Minister of Security (Minister), Rosa Ichilla Rodriguez, during this press conference less than 48 hours after the facts. The alleged perpetrators – three agents from the National Immigration Institute and five agents from a security company – “It is already being heard” By the prosecution, the prosecutor continued.

The offense for which the file is being filed [d’enquête] murder was openedIn her words, also referring to a crime “injury” And “damaging other people’s property”.

He was an immigrant, too “reported” She added, without elaborating, that other migrants such as were responsible for the fire.

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The Public Prosecutor confirmed the authenticity of a 32-second video clip broadcast by several media outlets, including Agence France-Presse: This video is part of the investigation file., did she say. These CCTV images show the onset of the fire on the night from Monday to Tuesday. Behind bars, in the smoke, one man kicks a closed door while another appears to place a mattress on the floor.

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In the foreground, three officers withdraw with their backs to the people held behind bars, without their assistance.

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How is it possible that the Mexican authorities left a human being in captivity with no possibility of escaping from the fire? »Erica Guevara Rosas, Amnesty International’s director for the Americas, said in a statement.

Government, take your responsibilities.read a banner held by a protester at a rally in Mexico City on Wednesday.

And Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador promised he wouldn’t be there“Escaping from the Punishment” by asking about it “Whoever caused this painful tragedy will be punished according to the law.”.

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A fire caused by immigrants

During the press conference, the Minister of Security revised the death toll from 38 to 39. It also reported 27 wounded, six of whom are in critical condition. “very dangerous”ten are in serious condition, and nine are in critical condition “sensitive”.

The authorities have not yet provided details of the nationality of the victims, referring to their country of origin, mostly from Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras) and Venezuela. Guatemala said on Tuesday that 28 of its citizens had died. El Salvador reported four seriously injured and demanded that those responsible for the tragedy be brought to justice.

The authorities confirmed that the fire was started by immigrants protesting against possible deportation. Many were caught on the streets of Ciudad Juárez, begging or washing windshields at intersections in an attempt to survive. Ciudad Juarez, adjacent to El Paso (Texas), is one of the border cities where many illegal immigrants seek to get to the United States to seek asylum after a long journey.

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Wednesday, More than 1,000 immigrants. US border guards said they entered the US illegally, adding that they would deport them. “The rumors about opening the border after the tragedy in Ciudad Juarez are completely false.”The US consulate in this border city said on Twitter.

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The drama caused reactions far beyond Mexico’s borders. “We pray for the migrants who died yesterday in the tragic fire in Ciudad Juarez”Pope Francis said. The United Nations called for facilitating migration routes “security” To the United States, and the American ambassador to Mexico insisted on that “Fix a broken relay system” with its partners in the region.

About 200,000 people attempt to cross the border between Mexico and the United States each month. Migrants say they want to escape poverty or violence in their home countries. Since 2014, about 7,661 migrants have died or gone missing en route to US soil, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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