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It is eerily quiet in Mexico city

Every crisis has a winner in the Crisis, and in this case it is the pedestrian. Since a few days, a tranquility that could be described as spooky, some people feel but also very comfortable on the streets of Mexico city. On the main arteries, such as the Eje Central and Avenida Cuauhtémoc, you could sometimes go without hesitation for a walk.

Mexico city is about the health resort the opposite of a air. Regularly a bell of Smog settles over the mega-metropolis. But it is not a question of a new fine-dust regulation and the appropriate driving bans. The fight against corruption and organised crime. Of the "gasoline war" is mentioned.

the privileges removed

The new and almost manic unconventional President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (65) has promised to improve his country fundamentally. And this he does without regard to losses. As one of his first official acts he bar staff in December, privileges and charges of all higher state, he himself included. The storm of indignation of the formerly Privileged whistling him still in the face. The López Obrador, short-Amlo, but not held, to open a new Front. Now he wants to put the so-called Huachicoleros, the petrol robbers, the craft.

For years, criminal groups associated with drug cartels in the connection from pins, in the style of fuel from the Mexican gasoline Pipelines. Particularly well this business is ran according to López Obrador in six years under his predecessor, the government of Enrique Peña Nieto. Alone in 2018 originated at the state Oil company Pemex as a result, a damage of around 2.7 billion euros. The zapfanfälligsten Pipelines let Amlo be shut down. Many gas stations in the huge country are now supplied only with the cart, still with the boiler. It is said to be 5000, but it's not obvious enough.

Many of the Mexicans principle is that it is a good idea that López Obrador is going on, in contrast to his predecessors against the petrol robbers. But just as many grumble that the idea was poorly implemented. "How can you close the Pipelines, without an Alternative to think about?", only the newspaper "El Universal wonders". January has begun in several regions, with some dramatic supply shortages. In the States of Jalisco, Guanajuato and Michoacán, many gas stations were recently closed – elsewhere, for instance in the capital, formed a kilometre long queues at the pumps. Buses and Taxis remained, many people appeared not to work or to school. By hamster purchases with canisters of gasoline was intensified scarcity.

80'000 barrels of fuel per day stolen

López Obrador has not applied so that only the motorists, but also the entrepreneurship. In the logistics industry, the talk is of losses in the millions. If the Pipelines are not opened immediately, could no longer be guaranteed the food supply. For the completely disillusioned Opposition of this Chaos is a gift, but the President still emphasizes left. He wants to show, who sits on the longer petrol lever, and calls on the population to rest. There is enough fuel for all there problems, only in the distribution. In a few days, promises to Amlo on an almost daily basis, will normalize the situation. In addition, the all serve a good purpose.

In the gigantic corruption network are entangled according to his information, also employees of Pemex itself. A parallel Pipeline network, large quantities of fuel to the part had been pumped out directly from the refineries of the state operating in secret warehouses – everything is professionally organized, from robbery to sales. Also, the last three governments accuses Amlo complicity. In the framework of the action plan, several Thousand soldiers and police officers are currently in use to monitor the refineries, distribution stations, and the tank deliveries. Three Pemex officials were already arrested.

According to the authorities, information the surgery is worth it. While last November, an average of 80'000 barrels of fuel per day were stolen, it currently only 2500 barrels per day. On the other hand, the Huachicoleros to give not so simple, just because the Pipelines remain dry. On a country road in Guanajuato, an armed robbery in command of steel on Monday with a tank of 25 000 liters of gasoline.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 15.01.2019, 20:57 PM

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