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January 15, 2019

"Yellow Jacket" Protests Cross the Atlantic to Mexico, Where People Don the "Chalecos Amarillos" to Protest a Weeklong Gas Shortage

Mexico's new president has shut down several large pipelines for distributing petroleum in order to combat petroleum theft by the cartels, I guess directly from the pipes, which he says robs Mexico of $3 billion per year.

But shutting down the main central hub of gas distribution means gas isn't being distributed much any more.

It's been almost a week since gas stations in the Mexican state of Jalisco started to run dry. Shortages have been reported in at least five other states and in the country's capital, too.

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Mexico's new President and the country's state-run oil company have called for calm. They say there isn't a gas shortage -- just a change in the way fuel is distributed.

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But as days pass, drivers' desperation grows. Family members take turns waiting in long lines for gas. Some comb social media for clues about which stations are open. Others have simply decided to leave their cars at home.

Below, video from France 24 of Mexicans protesting the shortages. A few Yellow Jackets are visible among the protesters.

I'm not going to translate it because it's mostly stuff you can get from the CNN article and obvious stuff, like someone saying, "The gas thefts are definitely a big deal, but the people are more important."

I tried finding an English language article that mentions the "Chalecos Amarillos" but no one seems to have written one yet.


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