4,000 TROOPS SENT TO GUARD FUEL DE­POTS AMID MAS­SIVE THEFTS

National Post (National Edition) - - WORLD -

Mex­i­can Pres­i­dent An­dres Manuel Lopez Obrador, pic­tured, has or­dered he­li­copters and 4,000 troops to guard the na­tion’s pipe­lines and fuel de­pots in an of­fen­sive against mas­sive fuel theft. The he­li­copters are watch­ing for or­ga­nized gangs that drill il­le­gal taps into un­der­ground ducts car­ry­ing gaso­line and diesel. Long lines con­tin­ued at gas sta­tions in Mex­ico City and out­ly­ing states Fri­day as tanker trucks strug­gled to sup­ply fuel nor­mally de­liv­ered through pipe­lines. The head of Mex­ico’s em­ploy­ers’ fed­er­a­tion said eco­nomic losses from fuel short­ages now amount to over US$60 mil­lion due to trans­porta­tion de­lays for goods and work­ers. Gus­tavo de Hoyos says the emer­gency mea­sure “can­not con­tinue much longer.”

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