On January 1, 2017, the Mexican government issued a 20 percent increase in gas prices as a result of President Enrique Peña Nieto's efforts to deregulate the petroleum industry. Protests quickly erupted all over Mexico, with demonstrators blocking highways and confronting police. In Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, protesters blocked the train tracks near the Arizona-Sonora border, stopping international trade. On Sunday, January 8, 2017, hundreds of people showed up near downtown Nogales, and after some protesters began throwing rocks at riot police, the police responded by firing rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.
On Sunday, January 8th, 2017 hundreds of people in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico protesting increased gas prices blocked the train tracks near the US-Mexico border, stopping international trade, and were then fired upon by Mexican police.