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Protests In Mexico Over Increasing Gas Prices Turned Violent

The people of Mexico are pissed and they are letting their voices be heard. On the weekend of January 2nd and 3rd, the Mexican government deregulated gas, resulting in a 20 percent price hike that has left thousands of Mexicans taking to the streets in protest. There has been looting, highway blockades and calls for President Enrique Peña Nieto to resign over what is being called the “gasolinazo.” Here’s what’s been going down.

The Mexican people are not happy with the recent increase in gas prices.


The recent deregulation of gas led to an increase in gas prices from about 15 pesos (about $0.69 USD) per liter to almost 18 pesos (about $0.83) per liter. This spike has left thousands of Mexicans upset since the minimum wage is only 80 pesos (about $3.68USD). That includes a recent 10 percent increase to the minimum wage.

Despite the minimum wage increase, the 20 percent gas price hike has Mexicans worried about the cost of everyday living.

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“It’s not because we all have cars. When gasoline prices go up, everything else goes up: tortillas, public transportation, everything,” Héctor Pérez, a sales manager with an insurance company that was not named, told The Guardian about his participation in the protests.

The increased gas prices have strained the already eroding relationship between the Mexican people and President Enrique Peña Nieto.


The protests will no doubt have a negative impact on President Enrique Peña Nieto’s already plummeting approval rating, which has reached an abysmal 25 percent. Among the gasolinazo protests are increasing demands and pressure for President Peña Nieto to resign.

To make matters worse, the gas hike comes at a time when the Mexican peso’s value against the U.S. dollar continues to drop.

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According to NPR, after a drastic nosedive in value following Trump’s win, the peso saw an even further devaluation after Ford announced that they would not be opening a factory in Mexico.

Protesters are blocking traffic on highways to protest gas prices on a large scale.


As the protests continue, they have become increasingly violent, leading to looting and damage of private property.


Police and citizens are battling with each other. This motorist rammed his truck into a crowd of police officers.


According to TeleSUR, 1,500 people have been arrested in connection with the protests, including 19 police officers who have participated.


And there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight.

President Peña Nieto tried to calm the protests by arguing that gas prices have been increasing on a global scale and claiming there was no other option but to raise prices.


In a speech to the Mexican people, President Peña Nieto argued that global oil prices have gone up by 60 percent. He maintained that the increase to Mexico’s gas prices was implemented to prevent any issues in the future. He then gestured to the camera and asked the Mexican people what they would have done given the same circumstances.


READ: While Mexico’s President Partied It Up, Thousands Of People Protested

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Spanish Voiceover Actress For Jessie From Pokémon Dies And Fans Mourn

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Spanish Voiceover Actress For Jessie From Pokémon Dies And Fans Mourn

Pokémon fans in Latin America are mourning the death of Diana Pérez, the Spanish-language voice of Jessie of Pokémon’s Team Rocket. The voice actress has been voicing the character since 1997.

Diana Pérez, the voice actress of Team Rocket’s Jessie, died at 51.

Lalo Garza, a famed voice actor in Mexico, confirmed the death of the Pokémon voice actress.

“Rest in peace Diana Pérez, a strong, cultured, intelligent, and very talented woman. You are good now, friend. Nothing hurts anymore. Have a good trip,” reads the tweet.

Pérez has been a staple in the Spanish-language Pokémon fandom for decades.

Pérez was more than just he voice of Jessie. The voice actress was the voice of multiple anime characters including Luffy in One Piece and Kagura in Inuyasha. In recent years, Pérez had started branching out to directing, producing, and other branches in the entertainment industry.

Pérez’s death is being mourned by Pokémon fans outside of the Spanish-language fandom.

Sarah Natochenny is the English voice of Ash Ketchum in the Pokémon series, Jessie’s mortal enemy. The death of Pérez has impacted the larger Pokémon community. Pérez was a pivotal part of the Latin American Pokémon community for decades and her loss has devastated fans.

Descansa en paz, Diana.

There have been no plans announced for a replacement to voice Team Rocket’s Jessie. No official cause of death has been released either. Our hearts and thoughts go out to Pérez’s family and the greater Pokémon community mourning her passing.

READ: I Was Today Years Old When I Found Out This Mexican Pokémon

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This Mexican College Student Is Going Viral For Breeding the Largest Bunnies In the World

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This Mexican College Student Is Going Viral For Breeding the Largest Bunnies In the World

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Look out Bad Bunny. There’s another breed of bunny in town that’s taking the internet by storm. A college student in Mexico recently went viral for the oddest thing. He has genetically engineered a strain of rabbits to be the largest in the world.

21-year-old Kiro Yakin has become a viral sensation after internet users have seen him with pictures of the giant bunnies he genetically engineered.

Yakin, a student at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla on the Xicotepec campus, is studying veterinary and animal husbandry. He began his experimentation by breeding two unique rabbit types together. The Flemish Giant rabbit and other, longer-eared bunnies that Yakin happened to notice. As a result, his monster-bunny was born.

According to Yakin, his experimental bunnies grow up to 22 pounds  Flemish Giant, while the average Flemish giant weighs 15 pounds. But make no mistake, Yakin’s bunny experiment was no accident. “It takes an average of 3 to 4 years to reproduce this giant species,” he told Sintesis.

Yakin’s ultimate goal is to breed a rabbit that can grow up to 30 pounds. “I am currently studying genetics to see how to grow this breed of giant rabbits more,” he said.

Yakin, who has had a soft spot for rabbits since he was a child (pun intended), now cares for a whopping fifty giant rabbits out of his parents’ home.

Luckily, his parents are supportive enough of his dream that they support their son (and his bunnies) financially. “I have the financial support and support of my parents to buy food a week for all 50 giant rabbits,” Yakin told Sintesis.

But he also admitted his project has a long way to go. “So far I have not set aside the time or budget that is required to start the project more seriously,” he said.

The only thing that’s preventing Yakin from committing all his time and energy to creating even bigger bunnies is–what else?–money.

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Although he already submitted a proposal to his university to try and expand his research, as of now, he is self-financed. However, Yakin makes a bit of extra cash by selling the giant bunnies to private customers.

His ultimate goal though, is to open up a large, professional farm where he can breed and cross-breed his bunnies to his heart’s content.

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