Fuel short­age into con­tin­ues

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - WORLD / NATION / POLITICS -

MEX­ICO CITY — Mex­i­can Pres­i­dent An­dres Manuel Lopez Obrador is urg­ing the coun­try to re­main pa­tient as gaso­line short­ages stretch into their sec­ond week while he bat­tles to stem fuel theft at pipe­lines.

Lines of cars at ser­vice sta­tions across Mex­ico stretch for blocks, with some driv­ers turn­ing up well be­fore trucks ar­rive with fuel. In the State of Mex­ico on Satur­day, res­i­dents rushed to­ward a punc­tured pipe­line to fill plas­tic con­tain­ers with fuel.

In a talk ad­dress­ing con­sumer frus­tra­tions, Lopez Obrador said Sun­day that “there are an­noy­ances, be­cause it’s nat­u­ral.” He urged Mex­i­cans to “act with hon­esty” as he con­demned Satur­day’s rush to fill buck­ets at the punc­tured pipe­line.

The gov­ern­ment has en­listed the mil­i­tary to help se­cure 994 miles of pipe­lines in an at­tempt to crack down on theft.

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