Mexican nationals in the U.S. have confirmed three major protests in Chicago, Raleigh, North Carolina and Detroit, Michigan are planned against the increase of PEMEX gasoline prices in Mexico.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
January 10, 2017
Chicago, Illinois – Mexican nationals in the U.S. have confirmed that three major protests will take place on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in front of the Mexican Consulates in Chicago, Raleigh, North Carolina beginning at 11:00 a.m. and Detroit, Michigan at 3:00 p.m. One of the organizers in Chicago, Alfonso Seiva posted on his Facebook account that the protests is a result of the 20% increase of PEMEX gasoline prices approved by the Mexican Congress and President Enrique Peña Nieto for the New Year. Peña Nieto says that more gasoline price increases are anticipated and the gasoline prices in Mexico will depend on the international gas price market. If gas prices increase in the international fuel market, Mexican nationals will see an increase of gas prices as well.
Another gas increase of 8% is expected by February, which the cost will increase prices of food, public transportation, education and other basic needs as well.
Major protests have been taking place around Mexico in the last seven days, which many gas stations have gone empty due to road and highway blockades by low income citizens who say they can’t afford to pay high gasoline prices.
In Chicago, Raleigh and Detroit, Gasolinazo protesters are demanding for Peña Nieto and the Secretary of Foreign Relations Luis Videgaray to resign.
So far, the PEMEX gas station operating in Houston, Texas continues to operate and has yet to be targeted or boycotted by Gasolinazo protesters in the U.S.