Protest Staged By Cuban Migrants At The Panama-Costa Rica Border


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photo: Public Security Ministry for The Tico Times

Hundreds of anxious Cubans staged a protest Thursday demanding the right to transit through Central America as part of their migratory route to the United States, Agence France Presse reported.
The migrants, some stranded in Panama for months, are being held in makeshift shelters as government leaders from across the region determine what to do with the growing number of Cubans and migrants from other countries continue to try to cross through their respective countries to reach the U.S.-Mexico border.
More than 3,000 Cubans are stuck at the border in Panama, following a denial for passage from Costa Rica. Nicaragua also has refused to allow Cubans to flow through its territory.
Demanding the freedom to travel across international borders to continue their journey, hundreds staged a protest at Paso Canoas on the Panama-Costa Rica border, chanting in Spanish, “We want to continue.” Many complained of lack of water and electricity at the shelters.
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