A man suspected of committing a terrorist attack in Latin America more than 30 years ago is now leading the group of migrants from Central America that is demanding either asylum in the U.S. or $50,000 each to return home.
Alfonso Guerrero Ulloa, who organized a group of roughly 100 migrants to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana, Mexico, is accused of being involved in a 1987 bombing that injured six American soldiers in Honduras. The San Diego Tribune-Union reports:
Ulloa claims he was falsely accused of attacking a Chinese restaurant in Honduras in 1987. He has been living outside Honduras for 30 years, according to an online petition he wrote asking the U.S. government to exonerate him.
The group of migrants that Ulloa led to the U.S. Consulate demanded in a letter that they either receive immediate asylum or $50,000 each to return home along with the removal of U.S. economic and military interests in Honduras, which they blame for the nation’s current poor conditions.
In October 1987, The New York Times reported: “Mexico has granted permanent asylum in its embassy here to a man suspected of planting a bomb that exploded in a Chinese restaurant in August, slightly wounding six United States soldiers and a Honduran civilian.”
The U.S. accused the Mexican government of “harboring a ‘terrorist’ in violation of all international conventions,” and launched a covert protest of the Mexican government in response.