MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police within the Mexican state of Sonora fought a pitched three-hour battle to free a border rail crossing at Nogales that had been blocked by individuals protesting a gasoline worth improve.
The Sonora state authorities stated late Sunday that two cops have been injured and two protesters have been arrested within the confrontation.
The demonstrators have been protesting a current 20-% hike in gasoline costs.
The state authorities stated officers who tried break up the blockade have been attacked with rocks for about three hours and responded by “firing rubber bullets into the air.”
Video aired by native media confirmed officers firing shotguns — generally used to launch bean luggage or rubber projectiles — at rock-tossing demonstrators.
The federal government stated eleven trainloads with about 1,000 automobiles of merchandise headed for america had been backed up by the protest.
It stated the blockade had threatened to briefly shut down Ford Motor Co.’s stamping and meeting plant in Hermosillo.
Protests nationwide have continued because the gasoline worth hikes went into impact on Jan. 1.
Within the border state of Baja California, the state tourism division acknowledged Sunday that fuel stations there had run out of fuel on account of protest blockades of a distribution terminal in earlier days, however stated that provides had now been re-established.
On Saturday, a lone protester drove his truck right into a line of police guarding a gasoline distribution terminal in Baja California. Federal police stated seven officers have been injured within the incident in Rosarito, close to the border metropolis of Tijuana..
Largely peaceable protests towards the gasoline worth will increase continued elsewhere in Mexico, and looting seen final week largely subsided.
The protests have left lots of of companies looted and greater than 1,500 detained.