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ANALYSIS: Mexican Gas Price Hike, Fear of Trump Trigger Protests, Thoughts of Revolution

Culture & Community By F. BRINLEY BRUTON1547 views
ANALYSIS: Mexican Gas Price Hike, Fear of Trump Trigger Protests, Thoughts of Revolution

 SOURCES: NBC NEWS

Huge and occasionally violent protests have gripped Mexico since the beginning of the year.

Gas price hikes of some 20 percent imposed on Jan. 1 may have sparked the demonstrations but they are about much more than the cost of refueling a car or cooking a meal.

They are being propelled by anger at President Enrique Peña Nieto's handling of the economy and widespread corruption, as well as his treatment of Donald Trump.

"There was simmering discontent across a number of fronts," according to Professor Halbert Jones of the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford University.

The intensity of the protests was "compounded by the fact that it is not just this issue — it is broader dissatisfaction with the government and anxiety with what developments in the U.S. mean for Mexico," he said.

In other words — what will happen to Mexico once Trump becomes president of the United States?

'A Catastrophe'

Former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda did not mince words after Trump was elected, calling his selection "a catastrophe" for his country.

"I don't think there is another more appropriate word," he added during an interview on Nov. 9.

More than a year before the election, Trump's comments and a slew of campaign promises raised the alarm.

The Republican promised to renegotiate or even scrap a joint trade agreement between the United States and Mexico and impose hefty tariffs on goods made south of the border.

 

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