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Fuel protests in Mexico forces closures at border crossings

January 12, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Fuel protests in Mexico forces closures at border crossings

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Protesters in Mexico continue to go to the streets to express their outrage at the rising gas prices while screaming the chant: “Death to the evil government.”

The demonstrations have become violent in multiple states and have also resulted in the temporary closings of various border crossings into the U.S.

The spikes in gasoline prices have led to thousands of Mexicans taking to the streets to protest the decisions of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, whose reforms have been criticized for the crisis.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto under pressure over rising gas prices

In cities such as Nuevo León and Monterrey, the protests have become violent and have resulted in looting, rioting, and other types of vandalism prompting the temporary closures of border crossings.

In Monterrey, an unidentified individual opened fire outside of the governor’s office.

The plaza square located outside of the government structure has been the meeting spot for the protesters.

Violent protests and looting in Nuevo Leon forced several temporary closures of border crossings

Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped all traffic on Sunday at the Nogales-Deconcini International Bridge.

At the time, crowds of protesters in Nogales, Sonora, were gathering at the southern side of the bridge to necessitate a fair price for gas.

During the protest, CBP agents in Arizona heard shots fired in Mexico, Breitbart Texas reported.

In response, U.S. authorities stopped the traffic at the international port of entry and increased their numbers as a defensive technique.

In San Diego, California this past weekend, U.S. officials also closed access into Mexico as Tijuana-based protesters took over parts of one of the international bridges on the Mexican side of the border, KPBS reported.

American officials briefly stopped traffic but later reopened the lanes, according to a CBP statement.

Protests over gas prices in Mexico affect travelers at ports of entry

In central Mexico, such as in the city of San Luis, protesters have taken over highways where they have taken control of the toll booths to allow motorists to pass for free.

In the state of Coahuila, Mexican officers detained 38 individuals in connection with the looting of various businesses in Saltillo.

Nine adults and 29 underage teens between the ages 15 and 17 years old were arrested while looting multiple stores on one of the main streets of that city.

In Veracruz, protesters have gone to department stores and grocery stores stealing with almost total impunity. Police in Veracruz have attempted to control the criminal acts, but the protesters have continued to turn violent.

In the city of Matamoros, officials increased the number of police officer patrols to try to prevent looting and rioting.

Some of the bigger shops in the city have temporarily closed and boarded up their businesses in preparation for possible looting.

The violent demonstrations prompted Mexico ‘s leading consortium of gas stations to consider closing hundreds of service stations due to lack of security.

As JammedUp News reported,  the nation’s only Ferrari dealership pulled its inventory of exotic cars in the wake of the violent protests.

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