Protesters in Mexico Block Border Crossing to Demand a Stronger Coronavirus Screening for Those Coming from A.

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Protesters in Mexico Block Border Crossing to Demand a Stronger Coronavirus Screening for Those Coming from A.

A small group of protesters in Mexico blocked the southern border crossing between the twin border towns of Ambos Nogales on Wednesday, with demonstrators calling on the Mexican government to institute stronger COVID-19 screenings for people coming from the US.

According to USA Today, fewer than a dozen people participated in the demonstration, with protesters wearing face masks and carrying signs telling US residents to “stay home.”

Protesters blocked the DeConcini border with their vehicle, refusing to let the driver pass.

While the demonstrators want Americans to “stay home,” their main message is to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who faces increasingly stringent oversight of his handling of Mexico’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

While the US and Mexico have agreed to largely close their borders during the coronavirus outbreak, protesters said the Mexican government did not do enough to screen people who were allowed into.

Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump has not shown much love for Mexico. But on Saturday he and his partner López Obrador agreed to work to keep trade and cargo flowing across the border even when they mostly closed it.

Jose Luis Hernandez, a protester with Sonorenses por la Salud y la Vida (Sonoran for Health and Life), the group that organized the demonstration, said the demonstration was a “first warning” for López Obrador to increase screenings on the border and inside Mexico.

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