The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office is assisting the Douglas Police Department with traffic control near the port of entry in Douglas due to protests in Mexico causing traffic issues with southbound vehicle traffic.
The protestors are on the south side of the border and are continuing to protest gas prices. Demonstrations and highway blockades began when the Mexican government hiked gasoline prices by 20.1 percent on January 1.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said the government could not maintain “artificial” prices as the international price of oil rose last year, according to Yahoo News.
Pena Nieto said keeping the same prices would have cost the government $9.3 billion, forcing the suspension of health care and welfare programs, reported Yahoo.
The National Association of Self-Service and Department Stores (ANTAD), said in a statement, “In addition to the problem of supply, there have been blockades of stores — more than 170 — and, even more seriously, looting — of 79 stores — that besides resulting in the theft of merchandise put at risk the lives of clients and workers in the stores, primarily in Mexico State, Michoacan, Hidalgo, and Mexico City.”