The Mexican army took control of state oil company Pemex refineries where some unionized workers were preventing access to strategic areas. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that at his request 4,000 military personnel from the army and navy police took control of 58 Pemex dependencies to help fight fuel theft after unionized workers “were blocking access to Pemex own authorities,” Excelsior newspaper reported Thursday. “We simply told union leaders that Pemex, and not just Pemex but the federal government, and the army, were going to protect strategic installations, as we are now doing,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Thursday in a conference, Excelsior said. Lopez Obrador said that the unionized workers were preventing control of key areas, including that of monitoring of pressure levels in fuel pipelines. This had allowed corrupt Pemex officials to participate in fuel theft. By not properly closing […]