Mexicans March To Protest Rise In Gasoline Prices
MEXICO CITY, Jan 2 (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 02nd Jan, 2017 ) : Hundreds of irate Mexicans marched in Mexico City on Sunday to protest a steep rise in gasoline prices. They carried signs denouncing President Enrique Pena Nieto, whose government announced last week that the price of gasoline would increase by as much as 20 percent to 0.88 Dollars per liter on New Year's Day, while diesel would rise by 16.5 percent to 0.83 dollars.
Pena Nieto has promised that fuel prices will eventually fall thanks to a landmark 2014 energy reform he instituted, which ended a seven-decade-old monopoly held by the state-run firm Pemex. The government plans to end subsidies and let the market dictate prices in March.
But Mexicans will feel the pinch at the pump before they start falling. The protesters marched Sun along Mexico City's Reforma avenue towards the vast central square called the Zocalo. "With this news about gasoline I don't know how much more we can take," said Dulce Maria Coeta, a homemaker.
"Even as it is, the minimum wage is not enough to buy groceries. Now, it will be even worse." Mexicans flocked to gas stations last week to fill their tanks before the price rise. News reports Sunday said some ran out of fuel. Pemex said this happened in less than one percent of its service stations. The protests are the latest headache for Pena Nieto.