MEXICALI – In reaction to Mexican President Enrique PeÃ±a Nietoâ€™s visit to Mexicali July 24, various protests erupted throughout the city and countryside as citizens displayed their discontent with his current campaign and stagnant energy reform.
PeÃ±a Nieto came to the region to inaugurate the â€œCanal Alimentador 27 de Eneroâ€ of Mexicali Valley and to discuss agriculture and infrastructure plans in a speech at Ejido Colima.
From the early hours on July 24, members of â€œMexicali Resisteâ€ and various other collective organizations congregated at the Vicente Guerrero Monument to protest the installment of a Constellation Brands Brewery.
At around the same time, 150 protesters demonstrated on the Mexico side of the West Port of Entry in a gesture of discontent for the alleged empty promises regarding PeÃ±a Nieto’s failure to lower the costs of electricity, gas, and petroleum.
The protestors temporarily blocked the port of entry at Zona Centro where twoÂ piÃ±atas were burned while chanting, â€œAbajo la luz!â€
Complaints against rising gas, electricity, petroleum, and diesel prices provoked the frustrated Mexicali Valley citizens, according to local residents.
In the outskirts of the city, the Mexican Federal police and Highway Patrol were needed to block the north and south bound vehicles of the San Felipe Freeway to control traffic amidst the 300 plus protesters.
The south side of the west port was blocked for roughly five minutes until the demonstrators dispersed and traffic was allowed to proceed as usual.