Mexicans march in solidarity with U.S. protestors
Thousands of Mexicans marched through Mexico City and boycotted U.S. stores Monday to support illegal immigrants demonstrating for more rights in the U.S.
We remind the gringos that they are a country of immigrants. The work that gringos don’t like to do is being done by Mexicans, said Felipe Gomez, a 50-year-old man who joined the protest march.
Elsewhere in Mexico, protestors in Reynosa briefly shut down the border bridge that links the town to McAllen, Texas.
The migrants are very hard working and they are good hearted people. We are here because we do not think they should be treated like criminals or animals, said Carmen Rivera, a nun who joined the rally in Reynosa.
We are supporting the boycott in the name of all the migrants who have perished here in the Rio Grande, said Enrique Games, a retiree who joined a march organized by a local Catholic church, as he looked out over the river’s olive green waters. It is an important gesture.
(Picture: A pro-immigrant activist takes part in a march in Mexico City May 1, 2006. Workers took to the streets around the world in largely peaceful May Day demonstrations for labour rights, as immigrants in the United States prepared protest boycotts. The sign reads, ‘Immigrants are workers, not criminals’. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar)