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Mexican Protestors Block Border Crossing Over Coronavirus Fears

A protester holds up a sign directed at Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, reading: “We need you to look out for our health. Get moving, AMLO!” Photo by Jonathan Clark

PortandTerminal.com, March 27, 2020

Mexican protesters have shut a US southern border crossing amid fears that untested American travellers will spread coronavirus.

SONORA, MEXICO – Mexican protesters blocked traffic from the U.S. into Mexico and are demanding a crackdown on border crossings over fears of Americans bringing coronavirus into their country. 

According to the BBC, protesters feel that there has been little enforcement for temporary border closures to all but “essential” business, and Americans crossing the border are not being tested for signs of COVID-19.

The protest group from the Mexican state of Sonora, just south of Arizona, blocked traffic into their country Wednesday and Thursday and promised to do so again today. Sonorans for Health and Life are demanding that testing be done on all individuals coming into Mexico and that officials enforce the current restrictions.

“There are no health screenings by the federal government to deal with this pandemic,” said protester Jose Luis Hernandez. “That’s why we’re here in Nogales. We’ve taken this action to call on the Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to act now.”

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