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Gasolinazo: Mexico in Revolt

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's latest neoliberal reforms have provoked a fresh crisis that may prove to be too much for his widely-maligned government to handle as people throughout the country take to the streets to challenge the drastic increase in gas prices.

Workers and campesinos, students and youth, social movements and politicians, as well as elders, are sparing no effort to resist what many see as the open theft of the Mexican masses by the country's corrupt and wealthy elite.

teleSUR takes a look at the latest crisis in Mexico, and the people's ongoing fight against what has been termed the "gasolinazo" — a social disaster at the fuel pumps and the latest spark igniting the people's outrage.

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The Social Effects

 

Gasoline Hikes Lead to Food Shortages in Mexico

This has interrupted the shipping of vegetables, grains, meat and fruits to supermarkets, sparking outrage among Mexicans. READ MORE

Mexicans Protest Gas Price Hikes as Poor Set to Suffer Most

Gerardo Noriega Altamirano, a professor and researcher at the Mexico’s Chapingo Autonomous University, warned that the price increases will negatively impact campesinos and large-scale farming, which could jeopardize agricultural production and food security. READ MORE

Instability Spreads

 

Mexico's Week-Long Protests over Gas Hikes Spread to 25 States

A new wave of protests against a hike in gas prices in Mexico began Sunday, as the nationwide mobilizations enter its second week and spread to at least 25 states. READ MORE

Mexico 'Gasolinazo' Protesters Take Over Customs at US Border

Hundreds of protesters against a 20 percent gas hike took over the U.S. border crossing in Tijuana, letting cars pass without customs checks, as tens of thousands of people took to the streets across Mexico to once again demand the resignation of embattled President Enrique Peña Nieto over the so-called “gasolinazo” price hike that has hit the country's poorest communities. READ MORE

Mexico Human Rights Groups, Church Blast Govt's 'Gasolinazo'

As protests against the "gasolinazo" in Mexico enter their ninth consecutive day, social and religious organizations have entered the debate on the controversial price hike in fuel. READ MORE

Background to the Crisis

 

After Privatizing Its Oil, Mexico Becomes Net Importer of US Fuel

In 2016, crude exporter Mexico became a net oil importer from the United States for the first time as shipments of refined fuel heading south outnumber shipments of crude to the north, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. READ MORE

Pemex No Longer Main Producer of Oil in Mexico

The country’s oil production now includes the participation of private energy companies in extracting fossil fuels from designated oil fields across the country. READ MORE

Infographic

 
 
  • Protesters hold sign reading "No to the Gasolinazo."

    Protesters hold sign reading "No to the Gasolinazo." | Photo Expreso

  • Police protecting a commercial center during protests about gas prices, State of Mexico, Mexico

    Police protecting a commercial center during protests about gas prices, State of Mexico, Mexico | Photo EFE

  • Gasoline prices in Mexico would be higher than in the United States.

    Gasoline prices in Mexico would be higher than in the United States. | Photo Reuters

  • Pemex logo is seen at the headquarters of state-owned oil giant in Mexico City, Mexico October 13, 2016.

    Pemex logo is seen at the headquarters of state-owned oil giant in Mexico City, Mexico October 13, 2016. | Photo Reuters

  • U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Mexico

    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto arrive for a press conference in Mexico City, Mexico, August 31, 2016. | Photo Reuters

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