Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Mexico City in protest against President Enrique Pena Nieto's decision to raise fuel prices, despite his pledge to contain them.

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People protest demanding the resignation of President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico CityRonaldo Schmidt/AFP

The Mexican government hiked the price of gasoline by 14 to 20 percent on 1 January, sparking outrage among civilians throughout the country. Since the price hike was announced, demonstrators have blocked roads and gas stations, while thousands held posters demanding Pena Nieto to leave office.

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People take part in a demonstration against the government's decision to increase gasoline prices in Mexico CityRonaldo Schmidt/AFP
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People protest demanding the resignation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, following the government's unpopular decision to increase gasoline prices in Mexico CityRonaldo Schmidt/AFP

On Monday (9 January) people took part in a peaceful march towards Mexico City's iconic Angel of Independence, although many demonstrators anger has not subsided. Speaking to Reuters, activist Saul Sanchez Perez said that the raised prices will lead to many becoming worse off. "We have come to protest the gas price hikes and against this government that has come to make all the people, all the Mexican workers, poorer. They have come with their structural reforms just to try to make the country poorer. That is why we are here, organised and protesting in a peaceful manner,"

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People protest over gasoline prices on the streets of Mexico CityRonaldo Schmidt/AFP
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Policemen are deployed as protesting continues in Mexico CityRonaldo Schmidt/AFP
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People protest demanding the resignation of President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico CityRonaldo Schmidt/AFP

Many Mexicans have expressed concern that the hike in fuel will cause subsequent increases in the price of food, public transport and all good requiring transportation. The issue has caused widespread outrage; Mexico is already facing a slumping currency, rising inflation along with economic threats from US President-elect Donald Trump.

In response to the protests, Pena Nieto announced that his government, businesses and union leaders are pledging to keep the price of staple goods stable, cut salaries of senior government officials by 10 percent and encourage capital repatriation.

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A fake head representing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is carried on the flagpole with a national flag in black instead of its original colours, in Mexico CityRonaldo Schmidt/AFP
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A mask with fake blood depicting Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is seen during a protest against a fuel price hike in Mexico CityCarlos Jasso/Reuters
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People march to demand the resignation of President Enrique Pena Nieto, in Mexico CityRonaldo Schmidt/AFP
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A couple kisses during a protest in Mexico CityRonaldo Schmidt/AFP
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A busker with placards on his musical instrument takes part in a protest against a fuel price hike in Mexico CityCarlos Jasso/Reuters