A video released on Facebook shows some in a new migrant caravan hurling rocks at a Mexican helicopter at the Guatemala-Mexico border Sunday.
Reuters reports that migrants clashed with police when a group breached a gate and that one person was killed. Guatemalan officials said the migrants threw rocks and glass bottles at police officers.
The video from Sunday, by Facebook user Chuy Saldana, shows young men throwing rocks at the helicopter circling above. One of the migrants also seemed to be carrying what appeared to be an unlit Molotov cocktail on the bridge that connects Mexico and Guatemala.
The group behaving violently were part of 300 Salvadorans who left the nation’s capital of San Salvador on Sunday, according to Reuters. The report details how law enforcement is struggling to deal with the new group.
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.
President Donald Trump has made the migrant caravans a key talking point of the 2018 midterm elections. Trump has also dispatched thousands of armed U.S. military members to the southern border that will be authorized to shoot migrants throwing rocks, according to the President’s comments Thursday.
“Consider it a rifle,” he said. “When they throw rocks like they did at the Mexico military police, consider it a rifle.”
Friday, Trump tried to further explained those comments, by telling reporters that if agents or soldiers “are going to be hit in the face with rocks, we’re going to arrest those people. That doesn’t mean shoot them.”
Trump also said he hopes our troops won’t have to shoot, but he made it clear … if they throw rocks — to him, that’s a deadly weapon and our soldiers can react with firepower.
The marchers are around 900 miles from the U.S. border.