"Over the last decade, the Mexican ruling
class has carried out a ruthless drive to
intensify the exploitation of its labor and
natural resources, mainly by American banks
After Trump victory:
Protests against gas price hikes spread across Mexico
Protests against gas
price hikes spread across Mexico
By Eric London
5 January 2017
Tens of thousands of Mexicans have taken to the streets in
opposition to President Enrique Pena Nieto’s January 1 decision to slash
gasoline subsidies, an action that will increase consumer prices by 14 to 20
percent in the coming year. Demonstrations against el Gasolinazo have
grown with each passing day, spreading to every part of the country.
The protests have provoked a political crisis within the Mexican
ruling class. “With the Gasolinazos, social irritation is growing
to the point of converting itself into a general discontent that could overflow
and become uncontainable,” reads an editorial in Tuesday’s Excelsior.
involve largely spontaneous actions by workers and youth as well as sections of
the middle class. As of Wednesday night, truckers, taxi drivers and other
protesters were once again blocking many of the major highways between cities
after police had cleared them the day before.
Police have made
several dozen arrests. On Wednesday, they confronted demonstrators in Mexico
energy conglomerate Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) announced yesterday that
truckers and protesters had blocked eleven of its processing and distribution
centers, creating what the company called a “critical situation” in Chihuahua,
Durango, Morelos and Baja California. The company warned of possible airport
closures if protests continued and reported incidents of pipeline sabotage.
Bus drivers in Guadalajara, Jalisco called the first Gasolinazo-related
strike on Wednesday, shutting down most transit service in the city.
Demonstrations in other cities were joined by delegations of teachers and
occupy dozens of gas stations across the country, while gas station companies
have shut hundreds more. Demonstrations have been particularly large in Mexico
City, the heavily populated State of Mexico, the oil-producing state of
Veracruz and the manufacturing hub of Puebla. Protestors in Ciudad Juarez
blocked one of the border crossings to the United States.
A series of demonstrations
have been called for the coming weekend, largely by trade unions and peasant
groups. These protests come at a pivotal moment for the Mexican economy.
On Tuesday, Ford
Motor Company announced that it was canceling plans to build a $1.6 billion auto
plant in Mexico and would instead invest in an existing factory outside of
Detroit, Michigan. Ford CEO Mark Shields said the move was because of “a more
positive US manufacturing business environment under President-elect Trump.” On
the same day, Trump denounced General Motors for shifting car production to
News of Ford’s
decision dominated the headlines of the Mexican press and boosted fears that
the Trump administration will impose tariffs on imports from Mexico and
drastically reduce Mexico’s importance in US-based manufacturing supply chains.
Eighty-one percent of Mexican manufacturing and service exports go to the US.
Ford’s move and
growing fears of a trade war further weakened the peso, which hit a new low
yesterday, closing at 21.40 to the dollar. The weakening peso and mounting
inflationary pressures increase the serious economic risks associated with the
gas subsidy reduction. Already, finance houses have responded to the cut by
revising inflation estimates upwards to nearly 5 percent. Already in 2016,
Mexico’s central bank raised interest rates several times, bringing them to
their highest level since 2009.
This has created an
unbearable situation for the deeply impoverished Mexican working class, with
inflation outpacing wages while consumer prices skyrocket. A recent study by
the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) reported that the purchasing power
of the average Mexican had shrunk by 11.1 percent since President Pena Nieto
took office in 2012. The price index for the basic food basket required to feed
a family of four has increased to 218.06 pesos ($10.19) per day, nearly three
times the daily minimum wage.
Although Mexico is
one of the world’s leading producers of oil, a worker earning the minimum wage
must work twelve days to earn the price of a tank of gas. The increase in fuel
prices will, moreover, result in a sharp rise in the prices of other basic
staples. The firm Brokerage Finamex announced in December that the proposed gas
hike would increase the consumer price index by 0.8 percent in just the first
two weeks of 2017.
Over the last decade,
the Mexican ruling class has carried out a ruthless drive to intensify the
exploitation of its labor and natural resources, mainly by American banks and
corporations. Protestors are demanding an end to the government’s moves to
privatize Pemex, which was nationalized in 1938 after a massive strike by oil
workers. In 2013, the government formally ended the state monopoly in oil.
administration has violently repressed demonstrations and strikes against his
pro-corporate education “reforms.” In 2014, local and federal police and troops
abducted and murdered 43 student teachers in Ayotzinapa. Last year, police
killed dozens of villagers and teachers in Noxichtlan during a months-long strike
by Oaxacan teachers. Pena Nieto is the most unpopular president in modern
Mexican history, with an approval rating of 25 percent.
The government has thus far refrained from ordering a violent
crackdown on the movement against Gasolinazo out of fear that
such a move would provoke an immediate social eruption. Morelos Governor Graco
Ramirez, warning of a potential social explosion, proposed that the government
respond to the protests with an emergency salary hike for low-paid workers.
On Wednesday, President
Pena Nieto was forced to cut short his vacation in order to address the
escalating crisis. In a nationally televised speech, he insisted that the
subsidy reduction would not be repealed because it was necessary “to preserve
the stability of our economy.”
In the same speech,
Pena Nieto announced that ex-Finance Minister Luis Videgaray would return as
foreign minister in a major cabinet shakeup aimed at boosting relations with
the incoming Trump administration. Pena Nieto said the appointment signaled that
there would be “dialogue and contact from the first day of the [Trump]
administration, so we can establish the basis of a constructive working
groveling comments will provoke further opposition in the Mexican working class.
Tens of millions of Mexican workers have close family members living in the
United States who may face deportation under Trump. Videgaray is broadly
disliked for arranging the meeting between Trump and Pena Nieto in Mexico City
during the US election campaign. He resigned as finance minister in early
September, one week after that meeting.
It remains unclear
whether the demonstrations will continue to grow or whether they will, as with
previous social movements, be suffocated by the trade unions with the help of
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his Morena party.
The militant protests
against the cut in gas subsidies are indicative of a revival of class struggle
around the world, including in the United States. The brutal attacks on social
programs and working class living standards being prepared by Trump and his
cabal of billionaires, ex-generals and quasi-fascist politicians will provoke a
rising tide of struggle by workers across the border from Mexico, creating the
conditions for the forging of a united struggle of American and Mexican
Mexican workers need
to recognize that their own bourgeoisie promotes Mexican nationalism while
working with US imperialism to enrich itself at the expense of working people.
So long as workers are forced to fight against one another for jobs and compete
for wages, whether through the provisions of NAFTA or through trade wars,
living standards across the region will continue to fall.
5 January 2017
For the LA RAZA MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS all of America is a “Sanctuary” market for HEROIN sales!
GRAPHIC IMAGES of America coming under Mex Occupation
The NARCOMEX drug cartels now operate in all major
American cities and haul back to NARCOMEX between
$40 top $60 BILLION from sales of HEROIN!
Build the La Raza Democrat Party base with open
borders, no ID to vote Democrat, no E-VERIFY and NO DAMNED LEGAL NEED TO APPLY.
Keeping wages DEPRESSED with endless hordes of
looting Mexicans invading keeps these corrupt politicians’ paymasters on Wall
should call for lower immigration to stop the Democrat voter recruitment.
But more importantly, all Americans should call for lower immigration in order
to offer a better opportunity of finding jobs for those millions of their
fellow Americans of all political persuasions who would like to work."
UNDER THE LA RAZA SUPREMACIST OBAMA, THE MEX DRUG CARTELS
NOW OPERATE BORDER TO UNDEFENDED BORDER
Mexican cartel smugglers have taken full
advantage of the system in order to maximize their profits from human smuggling
as well as the smuggling of illegal aliens. In 2014, Mexico’s Gulf Cartel was
“Mexican drug cartels
are the “other” terrorist threat to America. Militant Islamists have the
goal of destroying the United States. Mexican
drug cartels are now
accomplishing that mission – from within, every day, in virtually every community
across this country.” JUDICIAL WATCH
AMERICA: NO LEGAL NEED APPLY
REPORT: The assault to finish off
the American middle-class is NOT over
“The report noted that many illegals don't have jobs or have
difficulty in landing good jobs because of local laws.”
“However, it identified several states that have begun easing
employment laws so that illegals can get a job.”
EVANSTON, ILLINOIS surrenders to LA RAZA
THE MEXICAN OCCUPATION and LA RAZA SUPREMACY EXPANDS BORDER
municipality just outside Chicago, Illinois has now pledged itself to be a home
for illegal aliens who want to be shielded from federal immigration law,
officially claiming the mantle as a sanctuary city.
MEXICO INVADES, LOOTS AND EXPANDS
ITS HEROIN MARKETS IN AMERICA’S OPEN AND UNDEFENDED BORDERS
“The greatest criminal threat to the daily lives of American
citizens are the Mexican drug cartels.”
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“Mexican drug cartels are the “other” terrorist threat to
America. Militant Islamists have the goal of destroying the United States. Mexican drug
cartels are now accomplishing that mission – from within, every day, in
virtually every community across this country.”
THE LA RAZA MEXICAN FASCIST PARTY
AND LA RAZA DEM POLICITICIANS GEAR UP TO
FORMALLY SURRENDER TO MEXICO.
election of Trump has led Californians to threaten to leave the union, and
there are many Americans who are eager to see them leave. Their
secession would end the flow of illegals from that state and the millions
grants they now receive.”
"The American Southwest seems to be slowly
returning to the jurisdiction of Mexico without firing a single
shot." --- EXCELSIOR --- national
newspaper of Mexico
Mexicans abroad sent home nearly $2.4 billion in transfers in November,
24.7 percent higher than a year earlier, marking their fastest pace of
expansion since March 2006, according to Mexican central bank data on Monday…
OPEN BORDERS: The Democrat Party’s Weapon of Mass Destruction on the American Worker
"Los Angeles saw all crime rise in 2015: violent crime up 19.9 percent, homicides up 10.2 percent, shooting victims up 12.6 percent, rapes up 8.6 percent, robberies up 12.3 percent, and aggravated assault up 27.5 percent,"Landry said.”
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