4/4 © Reuters. Migrants are detained by members of the National Guard after some staff members are injured in what has been termed a “violent” incident at the National Migration Institute (INM) office involving migrants waiting for papers to travel freely 2/4

(Reuters) – Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM) said Friday it has temporarily suspended operations in the Chiapas town of Tapachula, after some personnel were injured in what it called a “violent” incident involving migrants.

Tapachula, a town on the border with Guatemala, has been the site of previous clashes between authorities and migrants waiting for papers to move freely around the country.

The INM said some of its employees were injured in a “violent outburst” caused by “pseudo-leaders” among migrants. Some INM facilities were also damaged, it said in a statement.

Operations were suspended until further notice because the safety of property and personnel could not be guaranteed, the INM said.

Every year, hundreds of thousands, mostly Central American migrants fleeing violence and poverty, have to wait for permits to cross Mexico and reach the United States, or for answers to their asylum requests to remain in Mexico.

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