cropped-dokument-1-seite0015.jpgMexico: Socialist Perspectives for the Mass Protests against the Gasolinazo

Report (with Pictures and Video) by the Agrupación de Lucha Socialista (Mexican Section of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency), 11.01.2017,




On January 1, President Enrique Pena Nieto announced the slashing of state subsidies for gasoline in the coming year, a measure that will result in an increase of consumer prices by 14–20%. In response, tens of thousands of Mexican workers and peasants have spontaneously protested against this decision (popularly called gasolinazo). The regime is attempting to suppress the protests using the utmost brutality, which has thus far resulted in the death of four demonstrators and the arrest of more than 1,000 persons.


The members and sympathizers of Agrupación de Lucha Socialista (the Mexican Section of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency) are actively intervening in this mass struggle. They have participated in mass demonstrations and in several Asambleas Populares (Popular Assemblies) in Mexico City and other locations (see the pictures, below). Immediately after the start of the protests, the comrades issued a statement and published a bulletin. (1)


Below we translate the conclusions and slogans of the Mexican section’ statement:


* It is high time for the oil workers and rank and file members of MORENA to demand from their leaders (Romero de Schamps and López Obrador) that they openly support the protests and are mobilizing against the gasolinazo; if they refuse these demands, the masses will have to take the initiative into their own hands and to go around these ostensible leaders so that the unity of the working people can be realized in the streets.


* It is vital that the EZLN-CNI, the CNTE, the SME and other popular movements, social organizations and trade union leaderships, all of which claim to be democratic and independent, speak out and mobilize their supporters to express solidarity and give active support to the popular mobilizations against the gasolinazo and for the downfall of Pena Nieto and his reforms.


* We call for the expansion and generalizing of the blockading of gas and oil transporters as well as the transnational cargo trucks, while allowing ordinary persons to pass. Likewise, we call for the continuation of the occupation and blockading of oil installations, tax collection institutions, and governmental offices, and for the organizing of central mass demonstrations in front of the presidential palace, the Congress and the Ministry of Finance.


* Popular assemblies should be held in every neighborhood so that people can participate in the actions and set up committees supporting the mass mobilizations by disseminating information, providing food and medicine, and serving as guards in rotating shifts.


* It is vital to mobilize as massively as possible for the actions already planned for the month of January by peasants, trade unions, popular organizations and other sectors of society. In addition, major mass protests should be organized against the incoming US president, Donald Trump, on the day of his inauguration, January 20.


* It is also urgent to organize a national conference in the country’s capital, Mexico City, which will bring together the representatives of the popular resistance against the increased prices of energy, commodities and basic services. Such a conference should adopt a centrally organized plan of action to bring down the government’s reforms.


Workers, peasants, and the oppressed to the streets to protest against the gasolinazo and to retain the subsidies and the control of fuel prices by the state!


Fight poverty by increasing wages in accordance with inflation!


Down with Peña Nieto, down with the parties of the regime, down with the structural reforms and other privatization projects!


For the building of a National Struggle Front formed by popular assemblies and committees from every community, municipality and region of the country!


For a government of urban and rural workers and popular sectors!


For the renationalization of PEMEX and other strategic industrial sectors of Mexico under the control of the workers and the people!






(1) ALS: ¡Contra el gasolinazo y el aumento generalizado de precios, unifiquemos la lucha por echar abajo a Peña y sus reformas! respectively




See pictures and a video clip of popular protests in which the Mexican section of the RCIT participated:









About RCIT Britain

What the RCIT stands for Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT)is a revolutionary combat organisation fighting for the liberation of the working class and all oppressed. It has national sections in a number of countries. The working class is composed of all those (and their families) who are forced to sell their labor power as wage earners to the capitalists. The RCIT stands on the theory and practice of the revolutionary workers’ movement associated with the names of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky. Capitalism endangers our lives and the future of humanity. Unemployment, war, environmental disasters, hunger, and exploitation are all part of everyday life under capitalism as are the imperialistic oppression of nations, the national oppression of migrants, and the oppression of women, young people, and homosexuals. Therefore, we want to eliminate capitalism. The liberation of the working class and all oppressed is possible only in a classless society without exploitation and oppression. Such a society can only be established internationally. Therefore, the RCIT is fighting for a socialist revolution at home and around the world. This revolution must be carried out and lead by the working class, for only this class has the collective power to bring down the ruling class and build a socialist society. The revolution cannot proceed peacefully because a ruling class never has nor ever will voluntarily surrender its power. By necessity, therefore, the road to liberation includes armed rebellion and civil war against the capitalists. The RCIT is fighting for the establishment of workers’ and peasants’ republics, where the oppressed organize themselves in councils democratically elected in rank-and-file meetings in factories, neighbourhoods, and schools. These councils, in turn, elect and control the government and all other statue authorities, and always retain the right to recall them. Authentic socialism and communism have nothing to do with the so-called “socialism” that ruled in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and which continues to do so in China and Cuba, for example. In these countries, the proletariat was and is dominated and oppressed by a privileged party bureaucracy. Under capitalism, the RCIT supports all efforts to improve the living conditions of the workers and oppressed, while simultaneously striving to overthrow this system based on economic exploitation of the masses. Towards these ends, we work from within the trade unions where we advocate class struggle, socialism, and workers’ democracy. But trade unions and social democracy are controlled by a bureaucracy perniciously connected with the state and capital via status, high-paying jobs, and other privileges. Thus, the trade union bureaucracy is far from the interests and living conditions of its members, based as it is on the top, privileged layers of the working class – a labor aristocracy which has no real interest in replacing capitalism. Therefore, the true struggle for the liberation of the working class, the toppling of capitalism and the establishment of socialism, must be based on the broad mass of the proletariat rather than their “representative” from the upper trade union strata. We also fight for the expropriation of the big land owners as well as for the nationalisation of the land and its distribution to the poor and landless peasants. Towards this goal we struggle for the independent organisation of the rural workers. We support national liberation movements against oppression. We also support the anti-imperialist struggles of oppressed peoples against the great powers. Within these movements we advocate a revolutionary leadership as an alternative to nationalist or reformist forces. While the RCIT strives for unity of action with other organizations, we are acutely aware that the policies of social democrats and pseudo-revolutionary groups are dangerous, and ultimately represent an obstacle to the emancipation of the working class, peasants, and the otherwise oppressed. In wars between imperialist states we take a revolutionary defeatist position: we do not support either side, but rather advocate the transformation of the war into a civil war against the ruling class in each of the warring states. In wars between imperialist powers (or their stooges) and a semi-colonial countries we stand for the defeat of the former and the victory of the oppressed countries. As communists, we maintain that the struggle against national oppression and all types of social oppression (women, youth, sexual minorities etc.) must be lead by the working class, because only the latter is capable of fomenting a revolutionarily change in society . Therefore, we consistently support working class-based revolutionary movements of the socially oppressed, while opposing the leadership of petty-bourgeois forces (feminism, nationalism, Islamism, etc.), who ultimately dance to the tune of the capitalists, and strive to replace them with revolutionary communist leadership. Only with a revolutionary party fighting as its leadership can the working class be victorious in its struggle for liberation. The establishment of such a party and the execution of a successful revolution, as it was demonstrated by the Bolsheviks in Russia under Lenin and Trotsky remain the models for revolutionary parties and revolutions in the 21st century. For new, revolutionary workers' parties in all countries! For a 5th Workers International to be founded on a revolutionary program! Join the RCIT! No future without socialism! No socialism without revolution! No revolution without a revolutionary party!
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