Mexico protests: how gas prices lit the flame under a quietly smoldering rage

Marching with a boisterous but peaceful crowd through central Mexico City, Hctor Prez, a sales manager with an insurance company, rattled off a list of grievances to explain a wave of furious protests which erupted after a rise in the country’s government-set petrol price.
‘It’s not because we all have cars. When gasoline prices go up, everything else goes up: tortillas, public transportation, everything,’ said Prez.
Pressed a little harder, he voiced another set of reasons for his discontent: President Enrique Pea Nieto and his Institutional Revolutionary party (PRI) justified an agenda of structural reforms with the promise of growth for all – but have instead presided over a stagnating economy.
Meanwhile, a string of high-profile corruption scandals has heightened the perception that the while ordinary Mexicans have seen a gradual decline in spending power, the country’s politicians have grown rich.

This post was published at The Guardian


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