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Mexico: Oil privatization halted by mass protests

"Citizen's army" operated in shifts to blockade government buildings.

A day in the April, 2008, Mexico City oil demonstrationsby John Ross, greenleft.org

MEXICO CITY, May 3, 2008 — Inside the small, ornate Senate, leftist legislators aligned in the Broad Progressive Front (FAP), some dressed in white oil workers' overalls and hard hats, were camped out under pup tents arranged around the podium for the eighth straight night. They paralyzed legislative activities and demanded an ample national debate on Calderon's plans to open up the nationalized petroleum corporation PEMEX to transnational investment.

Sneak privatization
The hullabaloo, which has been brewing for months, exploded when rumours circulated that Calderon's right-wing PAN party and allies in the once-ruling (71 years) PRI had cooked up a secret vote approving the privatization measure...

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  Mexico: Oil privatisation halted due to mass protests, by John Ross, greenleft.org, May 3, 2008

Posted: May 15, 2008

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