PEMEX protesters have maintained the border crossing El Chaparral Customs checkpoint into Tijuana open and free for the fourth day.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
January 10, 2017
Tijuana, Baja California, México – On Tuesday, the El Chaparral border crossing checkpoint to Tijuana remained open and free courtesy of PEMEX gasoline protesters. Thousands of Mexican nationals and tourists have entered Mexico without inspection and paying any tax quota or fee to enter Mexico from the U.S.
Major PEMEX (Gasolinazo) protests have spread around Mexico due to the 20% increase of gasoline prices approved by the Mexican Congress and President Enrique Peña Nieto for the New Year. 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.
The Gasolinazo protests have spilled into the U.S. as well. Three major protests are planned for Wednesday at the Consulates of Mexico in Chicago, Illinois at 2:00 p.m.; Raleigh, North Carolina at 11:00 a.m. and Detroit, Michigan at 3:00 p.m. Gasolinazo protest organizers want for Peña Nieto and 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.