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Protests in Mexico: revolution, the silent media
Material posted: Publication date: 14-01-2017
The growing social tensions in Mexico threatens to reach boiling point, given that the failed neo-liberal reforms in previously nationalized the country's gas sector are compounded by an open corruption, stagnant living standards and rampant inflation.

The American media practically illuminate the situation in Mexico, despite the fact that last week due to civil unrest, had several times to close the U.S.-Mexican border in San Diego and California.

Protests in Mexico against the background of rising gas prices by 20% led to 400 arrests, 250 looted shops, and six deaths. Blocked roads, closed borders.

A series of information messages about the situation with gas prices not give a complete picture of the factors that almost put Mexico on the brink of revolution.

"Narcoguerrilla" corruption

The narco-state is a term used to describe the open corruption between the Mexican government and drug cartels.

The narco-state did not descend from the front pages of Newspapers after the story of the kidnapping and alleged murder of 43 students in Iguala.

So far this case remains a source of ongoing anti-government protests. It happened at the end of September in 2014, when they went to Iguala de La Independencia (Guerrero state) to participate in demonstrations against discriminatory practices of recruitment and financing from the authorities.

The members of the Gerrero Unidos drug cartel, which killed at least 11 of the kidnapped students, was accused of collusion with local police, to silence student activists.


In addition, was arrested by 20 police officers, including former police chief, Felipe Flores.

Corruption appears to be thriving everywhere, up to the highest echelons of power: the Federal government States that the order for the abduction of the students gave himself the mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca.

One of the Mexican activists who wished to remain anonymous, said that "many people think it's all about gas prices, but gas prices just were the last straw and the impetus was the kidnapping of the students."

As well as in the United States, the Mexican government is susceptible to corporate influence. It just so happens that the most influential organization in Mexico is the drug cartels. Very difficult for the government to control organizations, and that it is funded. These festering problems, and became a fundamental factor in the current civil unrest in Mexico.

Neoliberal policies have left behind working class

NAFTA was a contentious issue in the presidential election in the United States. In Mexico, however, it is not less controversial issue. A Grand scheme of "free trade" in 1994 led to a sharp change in the economic landscape in the United States and in Mexico.

Farmers growing corn for a long time remained a vital factor in the farm economy of Mexico. And they were destroyed by low prices for corn established by the U.S. government that directly affected Mexican markets after NAFTA was passed. And soon after that followed the Mexican immigration crisis on the southern border of the United States.

At the same time plants started to move from the US to Mexico, allowing him to use cheap labor – as a result, many workers in the United States was left without a job.

Us agricultural Corporation came under fire for slave-labor conditions in the production of fruit for American consumers. Protests for workers ' rights in Mexico, which recently raised its minimum wage to 80 pesos ($4) a day, often face raids by the tyrannical police.

President trump will surely benefit from the two issues provoked by NAFTA: migration crisis and the outsourcing of jobs in the United States, and his protectionist economic policy is, of course, will only exacerbate the situation in Mexico.

Nationalized oil conglomerate Mexico Ramah suffered from a decline in production for many years.


Corruption prevailing in the public institutions, raised and gas industry of Mexico, resulted in the ineffectiveness of all the activities and has blocked the carrying out of innovation.

Theft has become a widespread problem: recent oil workers were convicted of theft of gas directly from pipelines.

The Mexican government, ostensibly to increase production and lower prices, have tried to push through neo-liberal privatization program in 2013 and 2014, They were supported by the oil interests of the United States.

President peña Nieto has promised that the reforms will lead to higher production and lower fuel prices, although production fell, and prices jumped 20% from 1 January. Prices will rise even more, as fuel subsidies will be completely phased out by March 2017 peña Nieto said that the prices should start to rise to match international prices.

Neoliberal reforms peña Nieto has failed, given that economic growth remained stagnant for many years and income inequality is out of control.

Rampant inflation in Mexico

Perhaps the decisive factor in the current civil revolution in Mexico was out-of-control inflation combined with the record low value of the peso.

Mexican workers are at the limit, given that the minimum wage is approximately $4 per day. The price of food that was on the rise before the rise in gas prices, should rise by 20%.

Mexico now requires "paid work for 12 days to fill a tank of gas – in the US it takes 7 hours." People who don't use cars, will suffer no less, considering that the cost of public transport will also increase along with fuel prices.

The increase in gas prices will also put downward pressure on the rest of the Mexican economy, as workers spend more on gas and less on consumer goods.

Reduction of costs the Mexican government and a tough stance trump trade issues have become factors of the devaluation of the peso, against which, sharply increased prices of many goods in Mexico and it hurt the working class. Eventually, the country became a hotbed of unrest.

Of course, it is difficult to identify any single factor which would be the main cause of unrest in Mexico. And before the kidnapping and murders of students in Mexico have faced mass protests, marches and strikes.

The results of the last presidential election was contested, and currently, the administration of peña Nieto has the support of only 22% of the population. A General feeling of powerlessness in the face narcoguerrillas corruption and economic instability will not disappear after the next elections or protests against wealth inequality in the country there is no protection.

Mexico is ripe for revolution. That will be the last straw – the situation with gas prices or future inflation – is not so important. It is important that the revolution breaks out – and keep quiet about it any longer.


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