Petrol prices fuel mass protests in Mex­ico

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

THOU­SANDS of pro­test­ers from var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions gath­ered on Sun­day in Mex­ico City’s main square to re­ject the in­crease in petrol prices, which came into ef­fect at the be­gin­ning of the year.

Sim­i­lar protests took place in other parts of the coun­try.

Shout­ing “Out Peña,” in ref­er­ence to Mex­i­can Pres­i­dent En­rique Peña Ni­eto, and de­mand­ing so­cial jus­tice, pro­test­ers gath­ered at the Plaza de la Con­sti­tu­cion against a dou­ble-digit spike in fuel prices which is set to raise the cost of ba­sic food staples by up to 20 per­cent.

EFE news agency said at least 7 500 peo­ple were at the square.

An­other large mo­bil­i­sa­tion took place in Guadalajara, the cap­i­tal of the west­ern state of Jalisco, where some 10 000 peo­ple protested in the main streets about the gov­ern­ment’s eco­nomic poli­cies. – Te­lesur

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