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Central American migrants raise abuse complaints in Mexico

  • A young boy carries a cross with a message that reads in Spanish; "Enough of the shedding of immigrants' blood," during a Mass at the the Basilica of Guadalupe, in Mexico City, Saturday, April 18, 2015. A group of Central American migrants, who made a pilgrimage to the Basilica Saturday, is caravanning through Mexico asking for greater protection for transiting migrants. Tens of thousands of migrants have disappeared while making their journey through Mexico, where they are vulnerable to extortion and abuse by both police and criminal gangs. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

    A young boy carries a cross with a message that reads in Spanish; "Enough of the shedding of immigrants' blood," during a Mass at the the Basilica of Guadalupe, in Mexico City, Saturday, April 18, 2015. A group of Central American migrants, who made a pilgrimage to the Basilica Saturday, is caravanning through Mexico asking for greater protection for transiting migrants. Tens of thousands of migrants have disappeared while making their journey through Mexico, where they are vulnerable to extortion and abuse by both police and criminal gangs. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

  • Central American migrants attend a Mass at the Basilica de Guadalupe, in Mexico City, Saturday, April 18, 2015. A group of Central American migrants, who made a pilgrimage to the Basilica Saturday, is caravanning through Mexico asking for greater protection for transiting migrants. Tens of thousands of migrants have disappeared while making their journey through Mexico, where they are vulnerable to extortion and abuse by both police and criminal gangs. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

    Central American migrants attend a Mass at the Basilica de Guadalupe, in Mexico City, Saturday, April 18, 2015. A group of Central American migrants, who made a pilgrimage to the Basilica Saturday, is caravanning through Mexico asking for greater protection for transiting migrants. Tens of thousands of migrants have disappeared while making their journey through Mexico, where they are vulnerable to extortion and abuse by both police and criminal gangs. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

  • Central American migrants take part in a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Guadalupe, in Mexico City, Saturday, April 18, 2015. The group is caravanning through Mexico asking for greater protection for transiting migrants. Tens of thousands of migrants have disappeared while making their journey through Mexico, where they are vulnerable to extortion and abuse by both police and criminal gangs. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

    Central American migrants take part in a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Guadalupe, in Mexico City, Saturday, April 18, 2015. The group is caravanning through Mexico asking for greater protection for transiting migrants. Tens of thousands of migrants have disappeared while making their journey through Mexico, where they are vulnerable to extortion and abuse by both police and criminal gangs. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

About 200 participants in a protest convoy of Central American migrants arrived in Mexico's capital Saturday and filed abuse complaints with the government's National Human Rights Commission.

The agency said in a statement that an ombudsman met with representatives of the protest, who turned in 139 complaints alleging violations against migrants by Mexican federal police and immigration officers.

The protesters were accompanied by the Rev. Alejandro Solalinde, who runs a shelter for migrants in southern Mexico. He charged that federal agents had "committed various violations of human rights" against migrants

He called for an investigation of events at a road checkpoint in the southern state of Oaxaca, where he has said officers tried to prevent the protest convoy from heading to Mexico City.

Mexico's immigration agency said earlier in the week that it respects migrants' rights.

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The migrants' convoy left Oaxaca this week later than originally planned in what has become an annual "Viacrucis" protest time around Easter. Upon reaching the capital, migrants carried wooden crosses to protest suffering at the hands of criminals and corrupt police. They also attended a Mass at the Basilica of Guadalupe.

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