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Migrants stage 'crucifixion' procession in Mexico

TENOSIQUE, Mexico (AP) -- Dozens of Central American migrants have staged a mock crucifixion of one of their colleagues to illustrate the dangers and suffering they face in southern Mexico.

The name of the migrant who played the role of Christ is Roni Mazariegos Barreda, a 23-year-old farmer from Honduras.

Undocumented Central American migrants frequently cross Mexico hoping to get to the United States and find work. But they face extortion, kidnapping and robbery inside Mexico, both by drug cartels and corrupt authorities.

The organizer of the Good Friday event was Franciscan friar Tomas Gonzalez. Gonzalez said the aim of the "Migrants' Stations of the Cross" was to call for an end to violence against migrants.

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