Haiti – Social : 36 Haitian migrants arrested at the border with Costa Rica
36 Haitian migrants, who had left a detention camp in Panama in an attempt to resume their journey to the United States, were arrested and detained near the Costa Rican border, the National Border Service (Senafront) said.
Haitians who were part of a much larger group of 639 foreigners, mostly of Haitian origin, remained stranded at the Los Planes Gualaca immigration post, about 100 kilometers from the Costa Rican border, after the border was closed due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
On Thursday evening, the border police said in a statement that the Haitians resisted their arrests by throwing stones and other objects at the police who had to use
“The necessary force” to hand them over to the health authorities and later lead them to a detention camp (refuge) in the western province of Chiriquí.
Recall that more than 2,500 migrants are in Panama, from Africa, India and Haiti, are stranded in camps in Chiriquí and Darién near Colombia, where there have already been several incidents due to the fact that the most are reluctant to continue in the country because of persistent rumors of violence and ill-treatment.