Protesters block lanes at Mexico border, demand coronavirus screening

Protesters blocked lanes on the Mexico side of the southern border on Wednesday, requesting Mexico institute more coronavirus screenings for southbound travelers to avoid further spread.

The protests, involving fewer than a dozen people and two vehicles blocking two southbound lanes at the DeConcini crossing, lasted hours Wednesday on the Mexican side of the border in Ambos Nogales, USA Today reported. 

The demonstrators held up signs that requested U.S. residents “stay at home” and others demanding Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador increase restrictions and screenings on everyone entering Mexico. The protesters also requested a ban on tourism visits and those for minor medical procedures for U.S. citizens and Mexicans in the U.S.

The blockade led to backed-up traffic in the bordering Nogales, Ariz., prompting police to redirect cars headed to Mexico.

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