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Rallies and clashes over gas price hikes in Mexico

Monday, January 09, 2017 - 01:17

Thousands of Mexicans rally against President Enrique Pena Nieto whose unpopular gasoline price hike has touched off protests, looting and clashes across the country.

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Clashes broke out in the Mexican state of Baja California on Saturday (January 7), as police dispersed a crowd of angry Mexicans who had cut off access to a gasoline distributor since Monday. The activists were protesting gas price hikes after the government raised gasoline costs by 14 to 20 percent earlier this month, fueling outrage among Mexicans already facing rising inflation and adding to a long list of headaches besetting President Enrique Pena Nieto. Protests and looting have broken out across the country. On Sunday (January 8), thousands rallied in front of the presidential palace to protest President Enrique Pena Nieto's rise in the price of gasoline. Motorcyclists rode to Mexico City in formation and held signs decrying a hike in gasoline prices that threatens to crimp their livelihood.

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Rallies and clashes over gas price hikes in Mexico

Monday, January 09, 2017 - 01:17