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Mass Protests Against Mexico Gas Price Hikes Enter Second Week

IN PICTURES: Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in at least 25 Mexican states

Tens of thousands of Mexicans have filled the streets in cities across the country over the past week to protest a double-digit spike in fuel prices that came into affect on Jan. 1 and is set to raise the cost of basic food staples like tortillas by up to 20 percent. 

Since the protests broke out, clashes between police and protesters and looting have left six people dead, 1,500 arrested, 420 businesses affected and several roads blocked.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has claimed that the price increases were inevitable and the result of international markets, not his neoliberal reforms that have chipped away at the monopoly of the state-owned oil company Pemex and brought about creeping privatization in the country's oil industry. 

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Protesters march during a demonstration against the rising prices of gasoline enforced by the Mexican government at downtown in Mexico City, Mexico, Jan. 7, 2017. The sin reads, "Out Pena. No more high prices of gasoline."
Protesters march during a demonstration against the rising prices of gasoline enforced by the Mexican government at downtown in Mexico City, Mexico, Jan. 7, 2017. The sin reads, "Out Pena. No more high prices of gasoline." Photo:Reuters
A protester holds a sign depicting Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto as Pinocchio which also reads "Peña does not comply."
A protester holds a sign depicting Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto as Pinocchio which also reads "Peña does not comply." Photo:Reuters
A demonstrator gestures in front of policemen as a group of them blocked the entrance of a Pemex gas storage station during a protest against the rising prices of gasoline enforced by the Mexican government, in Rosarito, Jan. 7, 2017.
A demonstrator gestures in front of policemen as a group of them blocked the entrance of a Pemex gas storage station during a protest against the rising prices of gasoline enforced by the Mexican government, in Rosarito, Jan. 7, 2017. Photo:Reuters
Protesters march during a demonstration against the rising prices of gasoline enforced by the Mexican government in downtown Mexico City, Mexico, Jan. 7, 2017.
Protesters march during a demonstration against the rising prices of gasoline enforced by the Mexican government in downtown Mexico City, Mexico, Jan. 7, 2017. Photo:Reuters
Demonstrators speak with policemen as they block the entrance of a Pemex gas storage station during a protest against the rising prices of gasoline enforced by the Mexican government, in Rosarito.
Demonstrators speak with policemen as they block the entrance of a Pemex gas storage station during a protest against the rising prices of gasoline enforced by the Mexican government, in Rosarito. Photo:Reuters
Protesters march during a demonstration against the rising prices of gasoline enforced by the Mexican government at downtown in Mexico City.
Protesters march during a demonstration against the rising prices of gasoline enforced by the Mexican government at downtown in Mexico City. Photo:Reuters
Policemen detain a demonstrator after a group of them blocked the entrance of a Pemex gas storage station during a protest against the rising prices of gasoline enforced by the Mexican government, in Rosarito.
Policemen detain a demonstrator after a group of them blocked the entrance of a Pemex gas storage station during a protest against the rising prices of gasoline enforced by the Mexican government, in Rosarito. Photo:Reuters
Demonstrators hold signs during a protest against the rising prices of gasoline enforced by the Mexican government, at Paso del Norte international border crossing bridge in Ciudad Juarez.
Demonstrators hold signs during a protest against the rising prices of gasoline enforced by the Mexican government, at Paso del Norte international border crossing bridge in Ciudad Juarez. Photo:Reuters
A demonstrator holds a sign that reads "Against the high prices of gasoline and its consequences."
A demonstrator holds a sign that reads "Against the high prices of gasoline and its consequences." Photo:Reuters
Demonstrators hold up placards during a protest against the rising prices of gasoline enforced by the Mexican government at the Macroplaza in Monterrey.
Demonstrators hold up placards during a protest against the rising prices of gasoline enforced by the Mexican government at the Macroplaza in Monterrey. Photo:Reuters
Demonstrators take part during a protest against the rising prices of gasoline enforced by the Mexican government, at Paso del Norte international border crossing bridge in Ciudad Juarez.
Demonstrators take part during a protest against the rising prices of gasoline enforced by the Mexican government, at Paso del Norte international border crossing bridge in Ciudad Juarez. Photo:Reuters
Protesters hold a banner that reads,"No more high prices of gasoline. Robbers."
Protesters hold a banner that reads,"No more high prices of gasoline. Robbers." Photo:Reuters
Demonstrators march during a protest against the rising prices of gasoline enforced by the Mexican government at the Macroplaza in Monterrey.
Demonstrators march during a protest against the rising prices of gasoline enforced by the Mexican government at the Macroplaza in Monterrey. Photo:Reuters
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