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    Dozens of stores in Mexico City's downtown were covered by barriers to protect them from possible violent demonstrators. (Photo: EFE) | Photo: EFE

Demonstrators rejected Peña’s energy reform and called for a national strike.

Hundreds of people marched on Monday in Mexico City to protest against Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's administration on the day he delivered to Congress his second state of the union address, emphasizing the 11 crucial reforms his government pushed into law, including the energy bill, which ended Mexico´s 76-year monopoly on gas, oil and electricity.

The rally took place the before Peña Nieto addresses Mexican citizens with a special speech on occasion of his state of the union report.

The demonstrators called for a national strike this month on a day to be determined September 7.

The state of the union report was delivered by Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio to the presidents of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.

The march was carried out peacefully in the Mexican capital, although, local authorities reported that several young men spray-painted slogans against Peña's administration and the recently approved energy reform.

​Peña’s energy reform is opposed by leftist politicians and various analysts who say it will result in great corruption and capital flight.

Opposition lawmakers slammed Peña’s two year administration and warned over gang violence in the country. The deputies also criticized Peñas reforms and demanded better regulations to improve Mexico's agriculture, education and economy.

Earlier this year, due to the slow economic activity, the Mexican Central Bank recently revised and decreased its growth forecast from 3.9 percent to 2.7 percent.

Local authorities have announced several security measures and a special police operation to avoid violent demonstrations.





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