Saturday night, at around 8 p.m., the streets of downtown Tijuana were taken over by a parade of semi trucks protesting the high cost of diesel fuel.
The wailing horns of the trucks could be heard across the city. It was so loud and constant that, at first, I thought it was a train. An hour later, I realized that even the longest train in the world doesn’t have a whistle that lasts that long.
In many of the trucks I passed, the truck driver’s family was riding along — the small children had huge smiles on their faces because, finally, they were allowed to pull the good ol’ diesel horn. The drivers, however, were not smiling, likely because they’re worried about feeding those kids while diesel prices soar to $2.50 a gallon. They blame the government, which owns and operates PEMEX, the only petroleum company in the country.
The deisel convoys are happening in cities across the world. Just last month, there was a protest in Melbourne.