Thousands of migrants were on the march north through Mexico over the weekend, until the country’s military and federal officials intercepted the caravan and shipped them back south.

Videos on Twitter show the group of about 2,000 from Africa, the Caribbean and Central America left Tapachula near Guatemala before dawn on Saturday, most carrying backpacks or satchels, water and other supplies. Federal police directed the group through the streets and neighborhoods and along a highway, where some attempted to hitch a ride on the back of semis or other vehicles, RT reports.

Many of the migrants in the videos were decked out in top name brand apparel for the big day – Nike hoodies, Fila pants, Jordan and Tommy Hilfiger shirts. One fellow even wore a Gucci shirt for the special occasion.

“Caravan is on the go again: Hundreds depart southern Mexico for the US,” the news site tweeted.

The migrants pushed strollers and carried children on their shoulders for about 19 miles to Huehuetan, where about 500 Mexican National Guard in helmets, tactical vests and riot shields blocked both sides of the highway. Officers detained most of the migrants, though they pursued some who fled into nearby fields. Most of the detained migrants were bused back to where they started, though about 150 elected to walk back, according to activist Irineo Mujica, with Pueblo Sin Fronteras.

“The vast majority were taken to Tapachula, the caravan was dismantled,” he said in a video quoted by Reuters.

Other videos from Pueblo Sin Fronteras and others show federal police and military vehicles along the roadway with charter buses departing Huixtla Road for Tapachula. Officers at the scene offered aid to at least one woman who collapsed on the road, while some migrants shouted and argued with the police.

They clearly were not happy about returning to Tapachula, which Pueblo Sen Fronteras refers to as “prison city.” Thousands of African migrants are detained there as part of a crackdown on illegal migration through the country – policies that stems from President Trump’s threatened tariffs on Mexico to compel leaders to help address massive migrant caravans to the U.S.

Mexican officials agreed this summer to deploy the country’s national guard, military and federal police to enforce immigration laws and avert the tariffs, and now the migrants stuck in Tapachula, who thought they were going to the U.S., are growing increasingly restless.

Late last month, hundreds marched through the streets of Tapachula with large banners and homemade signs, children waiving palm fronds in the air as they shouted in a call-and-response chant with a man carrying a megaphone.

One post accompanying the Pueblo Sin Fronteras videos translated roughly:

African migrants march again through the streets of Tapachula in southern Mexico where discrimination and US-imposed containment policies keep them stuck in this prison-city.

Another, via Google translate:

The government remains unsolved and people continue to suffer discrimination and anti-migrant containment policies.

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