The Mexican government has closed a number of filling stations for refusing to sell gasoline to the security forces on the orders of a drug cartel (PHOTOS)

The Prosecutor’s office of Mexico shut down nine gas stations and suspended the work of three other gas stations in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas for refusing to sell gasoline to employees of power structures.

Employees of these filling stations in the city of Nuevo Laredo on the border with the United States during the week was not released fuel law enforcement agencies, both regional and Federal level (not only the police but also the army) on orders of the criminal group “the Cartel of the North-East.” The formal reason for their stopping power is called the “discriminatory approach” to customer service. According to official data, of the 66 urban filling stations 54 continue to operate in normal mode, writes La Opinion.

President andrés Manuel lópez Obrador, within two days objectgeode hospital in Tamaulipas, commented on the incident and tried to shame the drug mafia. “I urge them (members of a drug cartel. – Approx. NEWSru.com) to reframe the situation and think about yourself. And most importantly, that they thought about their families, about their mothers. Know how they suffer?” – said the head of state.

He was referring to the fact that many Mexican women are losing their children because of rampant crime: some victims and disappear, others end up in jail.

In Mexico in recent years there has been a large-scale outbreak of violence. In the first half of this year from hands of criminals in the country have killed over 17.6 thousand, 5.1% more than in the same period of 2018, a record number of homicides, reports TASS.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on 20 August admitted that his government failed to improve the situation in the security sphere. According to him, the authorities “were able to stabilize the situation” but not “have reduced the number of crimes”. In early September, the President called the fight against crime as its main task.