Priest, activists to ride train used by illegal immigrants

A Central American migrant stands on the train tracks during his journey toward the US-Mexico border on the outskirts of Mexico City, Saturday Dec. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

A preacher riding a train through the South to demand freedom for oppressed minorities: It could be a scene from the Civil Rights Era in the U.S., but it is happening in Mexico this weekend.

Father Alejandro Solalinde and other leaders of migrant rights organizations are holding a protest beginning in Chiapas and ending in Chahuites, Oaxaca, where 50 Salvadoran immigrants were kidnapped about two weeks ago.

It is a common route for undocumented immigrants coming through Mexican’s southern border on their way to the U.S. Chahuites is the first town reached when coming into Oaxaca from Chiapas, which makes it an unfortunate site of assaults and kidnappings of Central American immigrants.

“Today, Chahuites has become an example of the injustice against our southern brothers,” said a communiqué from the organizations leading the protest. “Not because of its people, but rather due to the indifference of the political and ecclesiastical authorities.” More >



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