More than 1300 mainly Cuban migrants have escaped from a detention centre in Southern Mexico after threatens to set fire to the facility, showing protest against overcrowding.
The migrants has escaped probably during night time when several inmates revolt at the centre in Tapachula, in the southern state of Chiapas, inform witnesses.
The INM (National Institute of Migration) said in a statement that “there was a large-scale unauthorized exit of people housed in the migratory station.”
It was reported that around 700 migrants has returned soon after leaving, but 600 others were unaccounted.
Since October 2018, at least 10000 of Central Americans and Cubans have crossed Mexico in so-called “caravans” in the hope to obtain sanctuary in the US.
The centre in Tapachula was developed to accommodate over 900 people, but insiders reported that it sometimes holds over 3000 migrants.
One Cuban detainee informed that “we have many there… we are very tight, we sleep on the floor.”
It’s the third time since October that migrants at Tapachula centre have revolted against the conditions prevailing.
Meanwhile, the United States President Donald Trump claims that migrants as a ‘threat’ to the United States National Security and has asked to arrest them and send them back home.