Latin America & Caribbean

Migrant caravan: Tear gas on Guatemala Mexico border

A Honduran man hits the shield of a riot policeman after storming the Guatemalan checkpoint to enter Mexico Image copyright Reuters

Thousands of would-be migrants are stranded on the border between Guatemala and Mexico, after Mexican police blocked their bid to reach the US.

On Friday some tried to force their way across the frontier bridge, reportedly throwing rocks at riot police.

The officers used tear gas to push back the crowd, most of whom are from Honduras.

President Trump, who has threatened to cut aid to Honduras over the issue, thanked Mexico for holding back the group.

The migrants, whose numbers include children and elderly people, say they are simply trying to escape violence and poverty.

Jari Dixon, an opposition politician in Honduras, tweeted on Monday that the caravan was not "seeking the American dream" but "fleeing the Honduras nightmare".

These pictures capture the scenes unfolding on the Guatemala-Mexico border.

A Honduran man protects his baby amid clashes between migrants and Mexican Police Image copyright Reuters
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A woman covers her young son's mouth with his tshirt. Tear gas was fired by Mexican police as they tried to force back the crowd. Image copyright Reuters
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A police officer holds the arm of a Honduran migrant as she tries to cross a border checkpoint into Mexico Image copyright Reuters
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Aerial images show dense crowds at the Guatemala-Mexico international bridge in Tecun Uman, Guatemala.

An aerial view of the migrant caravan on the Guatemala-Mexico border bridge Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
An aerial view of a road filled with migrants stretching back into the distance Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
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An aerial view of the migrant group reaching the Guatemala-Mexico international bridge in Tecun Uman, Guatemala Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
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Some migrants have tried to avoid the border checkpoint in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, by crossing the Suchiate river.

Makeshift rafts carried some across the water, while others swam or waded.

Several makeshift rafts carry migrants across the river Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
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Men cross the Suchiate River with the help of rope to avoid the border checkpoint in Ciudad Hidalgo Image copyright Reuters
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A Honduran man catches a backpack thrown to him after crossing the Suchiate river Image copyright Reuters
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A woman crawls onto the riverbank after crossing the Suchiate River with the help of fellow migrants Image copyright Reuters
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Many are sleeping on the bridge that links Mexico and Guatemala or by the nearby checkpoint.

Honduran migrants rest on the bridge that links Mexico and Guatemala, in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico Image copyright Reuters
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Honduran migrants rest at the checkpoint between Guatemala and Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala Image copyright Reuters
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President Trump has threatened to call up the US military and shut the border with Mexico to keep out the group.

A BBC map showing the migrant caravan's route through Honduras and Guatemala
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A young Honduran migrant wearing an American flag t-shirt Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
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Honduran migrants wait behind a gate after crossing the fence on the border with Guatemala to enter Mexico Image copyright EPA
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The migrants include many parents travelling with young children.

Honduran migrants hold up a child in a buggy while gathering at the Guatemalan border Image copyright Reuters
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This family spent the night of 19 October at a temporary shelter in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico.

A man, a woman, and two small children rest at a temporary shelter in Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
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At the border bridge, a Guatemalan firefighter was pictured carrying a sick young boy.

A Guatemalan firefighter carries an ailing toddler while speaking to a woman, possibly the boy's mother Image copyright AFP/Getty Images
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In Honduras, protests have been held in support of the migrants in the capital city, Tegucigalpa.

Protesters burn the US flag during a march in support of the caravan of migrants, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras Image copyright EPA
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Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez has asked permission to send his country's civil protection force to Guatemala to help the migrants.

"I also asked for authorisation to hire ground transportation for anyone who wants to return, and an air bridge for special cases of women, children, the elderly and the sick," Mr Hernandez tweeted.

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