Protests over the price of gasoline in Mexico: six dead, another fifteen hundred people were detained.
In the Central part of the city of Ixmiquilpan, state of Hidalgo, two protesters were killed in clashes with police who tried to clear the road between Mexico city and Laredo.
President peña Nieto has called for calm, saying that the increase in fuel prices is necessary because of rising oil prices.
Protests swept Mexico since the beginning of January. People are unhappy with the rising cost of gasoline and diesel fuel. From January 1 the government increased them by 20% and 16.5%, respectively. The increase in fuel prices occurred against the background of devaluation of the national currency against the dollar.
According to the newspaper La Jornada in the state of Chihuahua about a thousand people, engaged in freight traffic, blocked traffic on several highways and Railways. In the state of Mexico protesters blocked three lanes of the highway that connects the capital to Toluca. And in the state of Morelos, members of the Federation of freight forwarders organised a demonstration outside the terminal with fuel state oil company Pemex.
The national Association of shops of Mexico counted more than 400 looted outlets as small and medium businesses, and large chain stores.
All the robberies recorded in the 12 States of the country. Deputy Minister of internal Affairs of Mexico Rene Juarez Cisneros said Friday evening that the number of detainees held for involvement in robberies exceeded 1.5 thousand people. Against them initiated investigations, the Prosecutor analyzes the video.
Business coordinating Council of Mexico has asked the authorities to enter Federal forces in the city, where there has been a rise in violence and looting during the riots.
“Obviously insufficient police presence to ensure safety and rights of our staff, customers and shops, we ask for the presence of Federal forces in major affected cities,” – said in a statement.
According to the Council, protests hit businesses, shops, tourism, restaurants. In particular, require employers to thoroughly investigate cases of incitement to illegal action, which, according to them, was conducted through social networks.
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