It is already two o’clock in the morning, and Mexico City commuter Athena Silva still can’t refuel. For over an hour she has been standing with her car in a long line of vehicles formed at a gas station in Mexico City.
Other waiting drivers suspect that it will take another hour until it’s their turn to fill up. “I set the alarm for midnight to find out where there in the city there will be gas, and at what time to avoid endless queues during the day,” Silva tells DW.
Since the government of new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador declared war on organized gasoline theft and closed the power lines of the state-owned petroleum company PEMEX, the country’s capital has been suffering from an acute shortage of gasoline.