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Crowd gathers in Mexico City to mark International Migrants Day, remember those who've perished

International Migrants Day
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Migrants take photos of Angel de la Independencia in Mexico City, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, on International Migrants Day.

About 100 people who trekked on foot north from the Guatemalan border gathered in Mexico City Saturday to mark International Migrants Day. The day of remembrance honors fellow travelers and asylum seekers who have died on the journey.

The group gathered at in improvised memorial to the victims of the 2010 massacre of 72 migrants by the Zetas drug cartel in Mexico's northern state of Tamaulipas.

The demonstrators erected a plaque that read, in part “Migration is a human right.” They also remembered 56 migrants killed in a horrific truck crash last week in the southern state of Chiapas. The bodies of those victims were expected to be returned to their homeland of Guatemala over the weekend.