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Mexicans rally to oppose oil privatization

Opponents of Mexican energy bill vow to take demonstrations nationwide.

Protesters in Mexico City, April 13, 2008by Chris Hawley, The Arizona Republic

MEXICO CITY, April 13, 2008 — Shouting "No to the robbery!" thousands of Mexicans vowed Sunday to launch demonstrations nationwide against President Felipe Calderón's effort to open the state oil monopoly to private investment.

Organizers said they were ready to seize oil wells in Mexico, the third-biggest supplier of petroleum to the United States after Saudi Arabia and Canada, but were only convening rallies for now. Opposition lawmakers were staging sit-in protests in the Mexican Congress to prevent debate on Calderón's bill.

"We cannot accept or allow . . . a small group of people to take the inheritance of all Mexicans for themselves," protest leader Andrés Manuel López Obrador told tens of thousands of people gathered Sunday in Mexico City's main Zócalo plaza. . .

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  Mexicans rally to oppose oil privatization. by Chris Hawley, The Arizona Republic, April 13, 2008.

Posted: May 08, 2008

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