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Mexico blast sharpens focus on fuel theft plan

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Mexico blast sharpens focus on fuel theft plan

Mexico blast sharpens focus on fuel theft plan

A blast at a gasoline pipeline in Mexico that killed at least 79 people has put renewed attention on the government’s strategy to stop fuel theft, with some relatives saying fuel shortages stemming from the plan led victims to risk their lives.

Yahaira Jacquez reports.

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Mexico blast sharpens focus on fuel theft plan

After a massive pipeline explosion in Mexico killed at least 79 people, attention turned to the government's crackdown on gasoline theft.

On Friday, in a small town in Hidalgo, Mexico, thieves punctured a pipeline prompting hundreds to rush toward the geyser to fill up on fuel.

Hours later, it exploded.

Now, relatives of those killed and injured say the crackdown which has led to severe gas shortages was the reason so many risked their lives.

Half a dozen people told Reuters Saturday their family members were just desperate to fill up their cars to get to work.

As part of the crackdown Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador just a few weeks ago ordered pipelines to be shut temporarily to stop thieves from stealing fuel.

The crackdown has caused major supply shortages across Mexico and raised worries about the national economy.

But polls show many Mexicans support the new president's mission, despite long lines at the pump.

However, the disaster in Hidalgo has brought renewed scrutiny of the strategy.

Many criticized security forces at the scene for not warning people to get away from the leaking fuel.

But at a press conference Saturday, Lopez Obrador defended the army, saying soldiers had been right to avoid a large-scale confrontation with locals.




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