Mexico’s soaring gas prices have angered citizens..now a powerful drug cartel has joined the fray

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http://www.businessinsider.com.au/mexican-gasolinazo-gas-prices-backlash-and-violence-2016-12?r=US&IR=T

On December 27, days after gasoline shortages closed gas stations and caused immense lines at others, the Mexican government announced that gasoline and diesel prices would go up by between 14% and 20% over the next year.

The price increases come as part of a planned liberalization of Mexico’s energy market, which involves the move from subsidies that kept gas prices to low to a market-based pricing scheme that will adjust prices at the pump more frequently.

The public backlash to this price increase has been swift. Critics have inveighed against President Enrique Peña Nieto, with a leftist opposition leader calling for a “peaceful revolution” that would include gas-station boycotts.

Many people have said they’d hoard gasoline, buying it from stations that in many states are already dealing with supply shortages. Illegal gas sales have popped up, and protests have already taken place in some parts of the country, with more slated for January 1.

On social media, personal criticism has been leveled against the government officials behind the price increase. In the image below, Jose Antonio Meade, the finance ministry chief behind the move, is portrayed as a “chupasangre,” or “bloodsucker.”

In the image below, Peña Nieto, shown in cowboy garb, orders Mexicans to put their hands up, because “this is a gasolinazo,” adding the suffix -azo to denote a strike or blow.

While research has questioned which income class benefits the most from the gas-price subsidies that have been in place, the price increase has nonetheless outraged many poor and working-class segments of the population.

The increase would mean Mexicans — about 52% of whom live in poverty — would be spending more of their annual income on fuel than the residents of 59 other countries, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Civil-society groups have announced plans to organise demonstrations and blockades in response to the change, and their leaders have articulated just how much of a threat the increases pose.

“We see the gasolinazo as an attack against the population, as a robbery, taking in account the levels of income of the population,” Jose Narro, director of the workers’ group Coordinadora Nacional Plan de Ayala, told Reforma.

“We reject totally the increase of the prices and we demand that, in 48 hours, by the final minute of December 31, they have to suspend this decree through which regional maximum prices are authorised,” Alfonso Ramirez, director of El Barzón Nacional, a civil-society group focused on inequality and human rights, said to Reforma.

The Mexican central bank has warned that gas-price increases will likely contribute to inflation at a time when the peso has already weakened significantly against the US dollar.

Concamin, a major industrial trade group, has voiced concern about cost pressures and called for a “protective shield” for national industry, “owing that the industrial sector faces a lack of growth, high interest rates and the depreciation of the peso.”

Even the Jalisco New Generation cartel, or CJNG, an organised-crime group that has risen to the top tier of Mexico’s criminal underworld, has apparently joined the fray.

A WhatsApp message circulating in Jalisco state, purportedly from the CJNG, threatens gasoline stations it accuses of speculating on gas prices.

“The CJNG in support of the working class, commits itself to making burn all the gasoline stations that to December 30 of the current year, at 10:00 pm” — that is, prior to when the price increases go into effect — “have not normalized the sale of fuel at the fair price,” the message says, according to Mexican news outlet Aristegui Noticias.

“They are speculating in order to obtain million-dollar profits before the majority of the people who don’t make the minimum salary, we have already realised that the [shortage] of fuel is because the dealers don’t want to sell fuel until this increases their price, all our people are already ready to start the mission,” the message reads.

The source of that message has not been verified, and the Jalisco state attorney general hasopened an investigation to confirm its origin and the message, saying that it would not tolerate organised-crime attacks on gasoline stations.

If the message is really from the CJNG, it may just be a ploy to gain standing among Mexicans.

Cartels have made sustained efforts to win public support, and, as security analyst James Bosworth noted on Twitter, “Criminal groups benefit from revolutionary/populist branding.”

Those motivations aside, the looming price increase has galvanised new antigovernment fervor at a time when Peña Nieto’s approval ratings are already some of the lowest in recent history.

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its on going..the slaves are restless..

“The price increases come as part of a planned liberalization of Mexico’s energy market, which involves the move from subsidies that kept gas prices to low to a market-based pricing scheme that will adjust prices at the pump more frequently.”

smells like a green type of pain..

“We see the gasolinazo as an attack against the population, as a robbery, taking in account the levels of income of the population,”

adios..

401

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~ by seeker401 on January 5, 2017.

4 Responses to “Mexico’s soaring gas prices have angered citizens..now a powerful drug cartel has joined the fray”

  1. All while OPEC and others thought it best to reduce oil production… hmmm.

    “OPEC and non-OPEC producers on Saturday reached their first deal since 2001 to curtail oil output jointly and ease a global glut after more than two years of low prices that overstretched many budgets and spurred unrest in some countries.” https://seeker401.wordpress.com/2016/12/13/opec-and-non-opec-agree-first-global-oil-pact-since-2001/

    I thought there was a “global glut”?

    And the impact on their currency, might head toward digital currency if it goes along with the current trend in some other countries.

    “The Mexican central bank has warned that gas-price increases will likely contribute to inflation at a time when the peso has already weakened significantly against the US dollar.
    Concamin, a major industrial trade group, has voiced concern about cost pressures and called for a “protective shield” for national industry, “owing that the industrial sector faces a lack of growth, high interest rates and the depreciation of the peso.”

  2. […] via Mexico’s soaring gas prices have angered citizens..now a powerful drug cartel has joined the fray … […]

  3. “Pipeline theft in 2015 increased sevenfold, to more than 5,500 taps, from just 710 in 2010.

    “Fuel theft costs Mexico’s state-run oil company about $1 billion a year and has become a lucrative side business for drug cartels.”

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/drug-cartels-are-looting-mexican-gas-pipelines/ar-AAlOidX?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp

    Those are big big numbers.

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