San Jose, April 15 (IANS) A group of around 100 Cuban migrants stranded in Panama protested near the country’s border with Costa Rica, demanding permission to let them continue their voyage towards the US.
According to Panama’s daily newspaper La Nacion, the protest on Thursday took place outside the Paso Canoas border crossing, where Costa Rican police cordoned off the area to stop the migrants from getting through, Xinhua news agency reported.
The Cuban protesters said that they represented 3,000 migrants who are stuck in Panama for not having the right to continue their northward journey that will take them through Central America and Mexico to the US.
They said the treatment they received was unfair since thousands of Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica were airlifted to Mexico and allowed to travel to the American border this year.
The protest came a day after 1,200 Cuban and African migrants entered the Costa Rican territory violently, although most of them were taken under control by police and sent back to Panama.