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Mexico’s largest chain of gas stations consider closing 1,800 service stations over mounting insecurity amid fuel crisis

January 4, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexico’s largest chain of gas stations consider closing 1,800 service stations over mounting insecurity amid fuel crisis

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The largest chain of gas stations in Mexico is considering closing 1,800 service stations amid the deteriorating security situation resulting from the outrage over the fuel crisis sweeping across the nation.

Antonio Caballero Fernández, the President and General Manager of G500 — the largest consortium of gas stations in Mexico, announced during a press conference the group is analyzing the temporary closure of its 1,800 service stations in the face of the prevailing climate of insecurity over the fuel crisis.

Caballero-Fernandez said incidents of vandalism from groups of citizens who have set fire to fuel service stations, and in some cases had assaulted the dispatchers at their gas stations, have increased.

Mass protests taking place across Mexico over fuel shortages and massive price increases

Fuel shortages and the massive spike in costs that came into effect on January 1st are part of energy reforms implemented by the federal government, which aims at regulating prices to reflect the true costs of production, has incited anger throughout Mexico.

Mass demonstrations have so far forced 50 gas stations in the chain to close intermittently.

Caballero noted that incidents of violence have occurred at at least 400 service stations throughout the country, such as tire burning and attempts to forcibly extract fuel product from tanks without proper training or equipment, which he maintains puts the workers at the service stations, citizens, and the perpetrators of such acts at risk.

The executive also suggested an organized crime element have sought to take advantage of the outrage and have played a role in inciting recent attacks on gas stations.

Organized crime groups have threatened to burn down gas stations who fail to sell fuel at regulated prices

As JammedUp News reported, purported gunmen with the Los Zetas criminal organization seized gas stations and gave away fuel to residents in the state of Chiapas last week.

Additionally, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel allegedly threatened to burn down gas stations who fail to sell fuel to the “struggling population” at fixed prices in the state of Jalisco.

“We ask for support from the authorities at the three levels of government because external forces are dramatically affecting our facilities with acts of vandalism and violence,” Caballero said.

The official maintained the supply was available and dismissed accusations that the possible closures were due to a lack of supply by the state-run oil company PEMEX, insisting that the insuring the safety of his employees was above any commercial interest.

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