A demonstrator shouts towards a line of police in riot gear, in Tijuana, Mexico. Picture: Reuters/Adrees Latif
A demonstrator shouts towards a line of police in riot gear, in Tijuana, Mexico. Picture: Reuters/Adrees Latif
A boy waves Mexican flags as hundreds gather around the Cuauhtemoc Monument to protest against migrants from Central America in Tijuana, Mexico. Picture: Reuters/Adrees Latif
A boy waves Mexican flags as hundreds gather around the Cuauhtemoc Monument to protest against migrants from Central America in Tijuana, Mexico. Picture: Reuters/Adrees Latif
A demonstrator holding a placard that reads, "Immigrants yes, illegals not" attends to a protest against migrants. Picture: Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
A demonstrator holding a placard that reads, "Immigrants yes, illegals not" attends to a protest against migrants. Picture: Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
A woman argues with demonstrators during a protest against migrants who are part of a caravan traveling en route to the United States. Picture: Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
A woman argues with demonstrators during a protest against migrants who are part of a caravan traveling en route to the United States. Picture: Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Paulino, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, gestures at the border fence.  Picture: Reuters/Hannah McKay
Paulino, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, gestures at the border fence. Picture: Reuters/Hannah McKay
Police scuffle with a man, who was part of a protest march against migrants, as they guard a shelter housing a caravan of trying to reach the U.S. Picture: Reuters/Adrees Latif
Police scuffle with a man, who was part of a protest march against migrants, as they guard a shelter housing a caravan of trying to reach the U.S. Picture: Reuters/Adrees Latif

Tijuana - Hundreds of Tijuana residents protested on Sunday against a caravan of Central American migrants which arrived to the Mexican border city with plans to seek asylum in the US.

Between 300 and 400 people waving Mexican flags shouted slogans against the migrants, with some protesters throwing bottles at police as they tried to break a cordon around the shelter where the newcomers are staying.

"They are going to stay here for months and they are going to keep on coming, who is going to support them?" Arturo Alba, a doctor who was taking part in the protest, told dpa.

"This is an invasion," said another protester, echoing US President Donald Trump's words.

About 2 500 Central American migrants, including women and children, have reached Tijuana after travelling north from Honduras for over a month.

A further 3 000 people are en route to the border city, which has a population of 1.7 million. The majority of them are planning on seeking asylum in the US, a process that can last many months and could potentially lead to them being deported.

"Invaders must leave," said protester Celia Oxaca, also echoing Trump. "They are killers, they are not good people. Here we are already full with the people we have."

The US president again took to Twitter to attack the caravan, saying: "The US is ill-prepared for this invasion, and will not stand for it. They are causing crime and big problems in Mexico. Go home!"

About 9 000 Central Americans are heading for the US in diffrenet groups. Trump has sent thousands of troops to seal the southern border.

dpa