A group of migrants traveling as part of a new caravan was caught on camera throwing rocks at a helicopter near the Guatemala-Mexico border.
The helicopter, of Mexico, appeared to hover near the location of the migrants, then turned and traveled away from the crowd, who was then cheering after throwing rocks in the vehicle’s direction.
One of the men walking with the crowd was also seen holding what looks like a Molotov cocktail in his hand, although it was not lit and he appeared to be holding it in a way that suggests he was trying to hide it.
A report worked on by the Daily Caller included information from Reuters that involves clashes with police and migrants after a group had allegedly breached a gate. One person was also killed during the clash. It was also reported, by Guatemalan officials, that migrants were throwing rocks and glass bottles at the police officers.
The following video is from Sunday and was posted by Facebook user Chuy Saldana.
This group of refugees are a group of approximately 300 Salvadorans who decided to leave their nation’s capital of San Salvador.
Daily Caller reported, that “thousands more Central American migrants are ahead of this group in another caravan that is currently traveling through Mexico on the way to the U.S. border. Fox News reporter Griff Jenkins reported Tuesday that the caravan was being chartered to the U.S. border by tour buses.
“We’ve seen the 5,000-strong caravan walking to the border, but now they’re waiting for a ride to the border,” he said. “This is the first time I have seen an organized bus operation from the state of Oaxaca actually getting volunteer buses to put people … on them and take them to their next location.”
Reuters reported that some members of the migrant caravan also carried guns. “Mexico’s Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete told reporters on Sunday evening that federal police did not have any weapons, even to fire plastic bullets.
He said that some of the migrants had guns while others had Molotov cocktails, and this information had been passed on to other Central American governments.”
President Trump’s response to the caravan has been very firm. Trump has emphasized that America has immigration laws that must be followed and he’s prepared to respond accordingly.
Trump also faces a lawsuit filed in federal court by members of the migrant caravan who believe his border policies are unconstitutional.
Trump met the face of controversy when he stated that American forces would be permitted to fire upon migrants who attack American forces with rocks. Real Clear Politics stated, regarding the rock throwing commentary, that “Trump was asked by a reporter how the National Guard will respond at the border and if there is a possibility of “firing” on the caravan. The president said the throwing of stones and rocks will be treated as a firearm.
“I hope not,” Trump said. “It’s the military. I hope not there won’t be that.”
“Anybody throwing stones, rocks, like they did to the Mexican military where they badly hurt police and soldiers of Mexico, we will consider that a firearm,” Trump said. “Because there is not much difference when you get hit in the face with a rock, which as you know, it was very violent a few days ago. Very, very violent. It was a break in of a country. They broke into Mexico.”
Of course, it is not the desire of anyone to experience violence, but Americans should be permitted to defend themselves.
Perhaps American forces, or even Mexican forces, can use non-lethal weapons if they’re attacked by rock throwing refugees.