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Mexico Revolution: Millions Storm US Border

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 6:11
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Long-simmering social tensions in Mexico are now boiling over as millions of citizens revolt against their deeply unpopular government’s open corruption. Rampant inflation and a severe gasoline crisis have driven the country to the brink of revolution, yet mainstream media in the US continues to suppress the scale of events.

Massive protests have forced the closure of the US-Mexico border in San Diego, California, several times in the past week alone as ongoing “gasolinazo” protests – over a 20 percent rise is gas prices – have led to over 400 arrests, 250 looted stores, and six deaths.

Roads are being blockaded, borders closed, and government buildings are being sacked. There is blood and chaos in the streets, which activists have blamed on infiltrators deployed by an increasingly desperate government.

AntiMedia reports:

The few mainstream news reports that have covered the situation blame rising gas prices but fail to examine several other factors that are pushing Mexico to the brink of revolution.

‘Narco-state’ corruption

The narco-state, or as Mexican activists say, “el narco-gobiero,” is a term used to describe the open corruption between the Mexican government and drug cartels. The narco-state has been in the headlines lately over the kidnapping and presumed murder of 43 Ayotzinapa students in Iguala, Guerrero, in 2014. This has been a source of continuous anti-government protests ever since.

Though the kidnappings remain officially unsolved, members of the Guerrero Unidos drug cartel have admitted to colluding with local police forces to silence the student activists. Twenty police officers have been arrested in association with the kidnapping. Former Iguala police chief Felipe Flores has been arrested and “accused of offenses including organized crime and kidnapping the students,” the AP reports.

The corruption apparently goes all the way to the top, as federal authorities say former Iguala mayor José Luis Abarca personally ordered the kidnappings.

One Mexican activist who wished to remain anonymous said “a lot of people think it’s only the gasoline prices, but the price of gas is just the straw that broke the camel’s back. It all started with Ayotzinapa.”

Much like the U.S., the Mexican government is susceptible to corporate influence. It just so happens that the most influential corporate entities in Mexico are drug cartels — and it’s hard for the government to reign in entities that fund and infiltrate it.

Similar to the phenomenon of “regulatory capture,” the Mexican government is at least partially funded and co-opted by drug cartels. This festering problem is an underlying factor in the current civil unrest in Mexico.

Neoliberal policies left the working class behind

NAFTA was a contentious issue in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but it’s just as controversialin Mexico, if not more so. The grand 1994 “free trade” scheme, signed into law by Bill Clinton, saw a dramatic redesign of both the U.S. and Mexican economic landscapes.

Corn farmers, long a vital factor in Mexico’s peasant farming economy, were wiped out by low-priced corn subsidized by the U.S. government, which immediately flooded Mexican markets after NAFTA was passed. The Mexican immigration crisis at the U.S.’ southern border soon followed.

Meanwhile, manufacturing plants soon began moving into Mexico from the U.S. to take advantage of extremely cheap labor — leaving many workers in the U.S. out of a job. American agricultural corporations like Driscoll’s have recently come under fire for employing slave-like labor conditions to produce boutique organic fruit for U.S. consumers.

Protests for workers rights in Mexico, which recently raised its minimum wage to 80 pesos (~$4) per day, are often met with heavy-handed police crackdowns.

Incoming President Trump has capitalized on two issues caused by NAFTA — the immigration crisis and outsourcing of U.S. jobs — and his reactionary protectionist economic policies will undoubtedly make Mexico’s predicament even worse.

Mexico’s nationalized oil conglomerate, Pemex, has been plagued by falling production for years. Corruption, which is inherent to state-run institutions, has condemned Mexico’s gas industry to inefficiency and stalled innovation. Theft has become a widespread issue, and oil workers were recently caught red-handed siphoning gas directly out of pipelines.

Supposedly to ramp up production and lower prices, the Mexican government pushed through neoliberal privatization schemes in 2013 and 2014, which were backed by U.S. oil interests and incubated by the Hillary Clinton-run State Department. President Enrique Peña Nieto promised the reforms would result in increased production and lower fuel prices, though production has fallen and prices spiked 20 percent on January 1st.

Prices are expected to rise even further, as fuel subsidies will be completely phased out by March 2017. Peña Nieto claims the prices must go up to match international prices, though consumers in the U.S. currently pay less for gas than Mexicans.

Peña Nieto’s neoliberal reforms have fallen flat as economic growth has been anemic for years and wealth inequality has grown out of control.

Rampant inflation in Mexico

Perhaps the biggest driver of the current civil upheaval in Mexico is out of control inflation coupled with the value of the peso reaching record lows. Mexican workers are already stretched thin financially as minimum wage hovers at four U.S. dollars per day.

Food prices, which were on the rise before the gas price increases, are set to climb 20 percent or more as they correlate closely with prices at the pump.

According to Zero Hedge, in Mexico, it currently takes “the equivalent of 12 days of a minimum wage to fill a tank of gas — compared to the U.S.’ seven hours.” People who don’t drive will also feel the pain, as public transportation costs are likely to rise with fuel prices.

Rising gas prices also put downward pressure on the rest of the Mexican economy as workers spend more money on gas and less on consumer goods.

The Mexican government’s deficit spending and Trump’s tough talk on trade have been factors in devaluing the peso, making everything in Mexico more expensive for the working class and driving the general discontent that makes the country a hotbed of unrest.

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Overall, no one factor can be blamed for causing extreme levels of unrest in Mexico. Before the Ayotzinapa student kidnappings, Mexico was already seeing widespread protests, marches, and strikes. The last several presidential elections have been contested, and the current administration of Enrique Peña Nieto has only a 22 percent approval rating.

The general feeling of helplessness in the face of narco-state corruption and economic insecurity is not going away with the next election or protest, and wealth inequality in the country is beyond remedy. Mexico is ripe for revolution. Whether it’s triggered now by the gas gouging and subsequent inflation or in the near future, it’s coming — and we should be talking about it.

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  • carolina4

    you can thank george w. bush, bill and hillary clinton and the final nail produced by barack hussein obama. and that notion of fair trade? bullshit. you sell your resins for pennies to middlemen in america who sell it at 400% profit to hippie stores who then sell it for another 600% profit to wannabe indians. meanwhile your indians and all of you are part native, are dying left and right. this was never about you. and was always about the middleman. take cartel leaders. they understand this. which is why you are where you are today. it was all bullshit. fair trade. la raza has been hijacked as all movements are. don’t blame the gringos. you privatized your oil industry all by yourselves. you sucked up to monsanto, del monte and chiquita all by yourselves. blame wall street and the shareholders who could give a shit about your demise. go protest at the homes of your fellow citizens who trashed your nation. for profit. white people are not going to fight black people in america. because nothing was their fault. just like white people are not going to fight latino’s. we are all in this same boat together. so take your chivalry and put it to good use. otherwise, you will be seen by americans, your brothers and sisters to the north, no differently than hillary. if you want our help, you must take your anger out on the traitors of your nation. that way we can go after the traitors of our nation. without you owning up, it makes it difficult for us to pony up.

  • DAvid

    Unlike most Canadians and Americans, Mexicans are not afraid to die for their family or for a cause. Mexican history is rife with Aztec chiefs and Zapatos who resisted invading gringos and won. God is a super strong force in their life and the NWO knows it has to break up the family in Mexico/Latin America to achieve its master plan. THe children are the most important thing in Mexican culture, and the murder of the students cemented this revolution.

    However I think the social contract started unwinding 8 to 10 years ago when the price of corn was left out in the market and the price rose significantly.(read tortilla’s the daily bread) The social contract was that the government could have its evil ways, but food and safety in the streets was a given. Companies would hire the relatives of workers, because it was, and still is, part of the social fabric in Mexico. That may change with so many foreign companies, especially Chinese, coming in. I do think Nieto has made his deal with the Chinese. THeir presence in the last 4 years in Mexico is unsettling to say the least.

    Vaya con Dios Mexico

    • Judge Roy Bean

      Mexico needs to learn who their masters are, the Jooos, International Bankers, Monsanto, Mafia …

      • Zabwe`

        They have the same masters of you then…..

  • my2pesos

    Clay Animation ~ Calamity Anion
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    Animations ~ Aim Nations
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    Animations ~ An A ‘MIT’ Sion
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    Maintain So ~ Animations……….(10) – (AG)

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      The Ionosphere ~ There ‘poison’ He
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      The Ionosphere ~ Tee He! Oh Prions
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      Prison Planet ~ Prions ‘n’ Plate

  • Robot999

    Socialism = FAIL (again, and again, and again…)

  • Anonymous

    very well written and accurate…

    one question: if NAFTA accelerated the downward spiral, won’t repealing it help?

    Si y No?

  • Judge Roy Bean

    Mexico is going to revert back to the donkey, sombreros and the afternoon seasta.

  • Zabwe`

    There is no such thing as a supremacist – Just a bunch of people with rules – whips and weapons and a compunction to beat the sh1t out of people for the fruits of their honest labour…….

  • DISPENSER

    Mexico, a country with beautiful scenery, rich natural resources, good climate, wonderful beaches, and deep poverty. Obviously this must be the fault of white men everywhere. It certainly could not be, because of corruption, theft, and exploitation of Mexicans, by other Mexicans. The racist policies in Mexico prohibiting most careers to non Mexican couldn’t hold back the economic development of natural resources.

    Or could it?

    • HAPPY chem TRAILS 2 you

      The R0man cath0lic church and */atican are the culprit for most of Mexico’s problems as well as all the other Latin countries from Tijuana south to Antarctica.

  • dennisR8

    I thumbed through a book written in the late 1980′s by a Japanese author in English that indicated Japan was going to make build and sell a helicopter that would be so advanced that the US government would use it to help put down a communistic uprising in Mexico for the fascist Mexican government to defend our own border.

    However, America would be nearly defeated by South African government forces fighting American forces in south Africa as the African army would be using this Japanese helicopter to defeat America in South Africa.

    I certainly hope President Donald Trump would not get America involved in a Mexican civil war. But just maintain our own safe border. I opposed Bush and Bush wars and the Vietnam War, while I am a conservative.

  • Pink Slime

    Mexicans have to look inward at themselves. Why they are this way? Why do they rely on America to feed and clothe them and give them jobs?

    Why, in fact, does the whole world do this??

    Could it be, could it be, we are the CHOSEN ONES?? But then we have responsibility so we should not turn into a nation of SODOMITES! :twisted:

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