London (Reportase One) – The government of El Salvador on Tuesday (28/3) condemned the actions of the manager of an immigrant facility in Mexico near the US border that caught fire last Monday night. They demanded that there be a thorough investigation into the incident.
The fire that broke out at an immigrant facility in the city of Ciudad Juarez killed at least 38 immigrants from Central and South American countries, including a number of Salvadorans.
“El Salvador strongly condemns the actions of the personnel of the migrant center in the fire that killed dozens of citizens of various nationalities, including several Salvadorans,” the government said.
El Salvador also called for the relevant authorities to thoroughly investigate and prosecute whoever is responsible for the incident.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis prayed for the immigrants who died in the incident in Spanish.
“God will accept them into His Kingdom and give peace to their families. Let us all pray,” the Pope said in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday.
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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said his country’s authorities believed the fire, which was the worst immigrant incident in recent years, was caused by immigrants setting fire to their beds in protest at being deported.
A video circulating on social media shows a fire raging in a cell filled with smoke and several immigrants trying their best to break through the bars of the locked cell.
In the 30-second video, three people in official uniforms pass through the cell but make no attempt to open it to get the immigrants out. By the end of the video, the smoke had become so thick that the cell was no longer visible.
Mexican Interior Minister Adan Augusto Lopez in interviews with local media seemed to confirm the video.
He said the government had obtained the video not long after the fire started.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said he had been informed that those directly responsible for the fire had been handed over to investigators.
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