Mexico president declares profit in the fight against petrol theft
MEXICO CITY (AP) – President of Mexico Manuel Manuel Lopez Obrador has stopped proclaiming victory over the fuel theft crisis, but says the government is making headway.
Long queues continue at petrol stations in many parts of the country, but Lopez Obrador says the government gets the control. He says that since Friday, security patrols have prevented new illegal cranes in an important pipeline that will bring gasoline from the Gulf Coast to Mexico City.
More than 5,000 members of the armed forces and the federal police are now focused on pipeline security. Lopez Obrador on Monday promised to continue the increased security until the requirements are normalized, but conditions are beginning to improve in some places.
He asked the citizens to prevent panic buying by saying that there is enough gas, it is only a distribution problem.
Vehicles line up to refill their fuel tanks at a gas station in Mexico City, Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Fuel scarcity arose after President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador decided to close government pipelines that were littered with illegal fuel cranes drilled by thieves, and deliver gas and diesel instead with tankers. (AP Photo / Marco Ugarte)
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