On January 1, the price of gasoline and diesel increased by 20% in Mexico [“Gasolinazo”]. This increase was accompanied by an increase in other goods and services, significantly affecting the standard of living of Mexicans. It detonated mobilizations and actions in at least 25 states of the Mexican Republic, leaving, to date, a balance of three deaths and 600 arrested. The “most numerous” protests took place in Jalisco, Puebla, Chiapas, Sinaloa, Nuevo Leon, Hidalgo, Aguascalientes, Zacatecas, Colima, Chihuahua and the state of Mexico.
The president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, has defended this increase, arguing that, “it was a necessary measure for the stability of the economy of the country”. He said that this measure “comes from outside” due to the international increase in oil prices. He stated that if the price had not increased, it would have meant an expenditure of more than 200,000 million pesos (9,328 million dollars) equivalent to suspending all Social Security activities for four months or interrupting the Prospera program for two years, or canceling Popular Insurance for three Years.
This increase in fuel prices is the highest that has occurred in Mexico in almost two decades. Since the announcement of this rise, social organizations, transport associations and transport unions have called for blockades on motorways, roads, toll roads, among other forms of protest.
For more information in Spanish:
Astillero (La Jornada, 9 de enero de 2017)
Mega-gasolinazo desata protestas en al menos 25 estados de México (EDUCA, 9 de enero de 2016)
El enojo acumulado salió a la calle (Proceso, 7 de enero de 2017)
El gasolinazo en México (TeleSur, 6 de enero de 2017)
For more information fromSIPAZ:
Nacional : cuarto informe del gobierno de Peña Nieto (12 de septiembre de 2016)