Although the tragedy in Hidalgo hurts, combating huachicoleros will continue

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from Proceso


CITY- President Andrés Manuel López Obrador
regretted that the theft of hydrocarbon by the population has taken
root in the country and ends in tragedies like the one that occurred
yesterday in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo, which has left at least 66
dead and 76 injured.


However, the president said that the fight against the huachicoleros will
continue in order to eradicate this practice that affects Mexicans.


“It hurts a lot that these practices have taken root in recent times in
our country, because the images of people with buckets, with drums,
with containers to get gasoline or diesel is an unfortunate matter that will spread to the entire area where pipelines pass,” said López
Obrador at a press conference.

“Although it hurts a lot we have to continue with the plan to end the fuel theft. We are not going to stop, we are going to continue. This not only damages us economically, but the risk, the loss of human lives,” he added.

The president called on the population to refrain from participating in pipeline tapping and asked that residents register in social
programs in order to have alternatives to get ahead financially.

López Obrador pledged that federal institutions will conduct a thorough
investigation to determine what were the causes that led to the events.


It was also announced that next Tuesday and Thursday he will visit the State of
Mexico and Hidalgo, respectively, locations in which in less than a week
there have been actions of tapping ducts.

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