Mexico gas protests, looting, leave 1 dead, 600 arrested

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  • A man runs with toys as a store is ransacked by a crowd in the port of Veracruz, Mexico, Wednesday Jan. 4, 2017. Protests over a sharp gasoline price hike erupted into looting of gas stations and stores in various parts of Mexico on Wednesday, with dozens of businesses reportedly sacked. In the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, store guards were overrun by crowds who carried off clothing, toys, food, washing machines, televisions, DVD players and refrigerators.(AP Photo/Ilse Huesca)

    A man runs with toys as a store is ransacked by a crowd in the port of Veracruz, Mexico, Wednesday Jan. 4, 2017. Protests over a sharp gasoline price hike erupted into looting of gas stations and stores in various parts of Mexico on Wednesday, with ... dozens of businesses reportedly sacked. In the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, store guards were overrun by crowds who carried off clothing, toys, food, washing machines, televisions, DVD players and refrigerators.(AP Photo/Ilse Huesca) (The Associated Press)

  • A woman walks away with stolen products as a store is ransacked by a crowd in the port city of Veracruz, Mexico, Wednesday Jan. 4, 2017. Protests over a sharp gasoline price hike erupted into looting of gas stations and stores in various parts of Mexico on Wednesday, with dozens of businesses reportedly sacked. In the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, store guards were overrun by crowds who carried off clothing, toys, food, washing machines, televisions, DVD players and refrigerators.(AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

    A woman walks away with stolen products as a store is ransacked by a crowd in the port city of Veracruz, Mexico, Wednesday Jan. 4, 2017. Protests over a sharp gasoline price hike erupted into looting of gas stations and stores in various parts of ... Mexico on Wednesday, with dozens of businesses reportedly sacked. In the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, store guards were overrun by crowds who carried off clothing, toys, food, washing machines, televisions, DVD players and refrigerators.(AP Photo/Felix Marquez) (The Associated Press)

  • Suspects are detained in a police pick-up truck by navy police after a store was ransacked by a crowd in the port city of Veracruz, Mexico, Wednesday Jan. 4, 2017. Protests over a sharp gasoline price hike erupted into looting of gas stations and stores in various parts of Mexico on Wednesday, with dozens of businesses reportedly sacked. In the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, store guards were overrun by crowds who carried off clothing, toys, food, washing machines, televisions, DVD players and refrigerators.(AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

    Suspects are detained in a police pick-up truck by navy police after a store was ransacked by a crowd in the port city of Veracruz, Mexico, Wednesday Jan. 4, 2017. Protests over a sharp gasoline price hike erupted into looting of gas stations and ... stores in various parts of Mexico on Wednesday, with dozens of businesses reportedly sacked. In the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, store guards were overrun by crowds who carried off clothing, toys, food, washing machines, televisions, DVD players and refrigerators.(AP Photo/Felix Marquez) (The Associated Press)

Sometimes-violent protests and looting over gasoline price hikes in Mexico are continuing and officials say that so far they've left one policeman dead and five injured, 300 stores looted and over 600 people arrested.

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The country's business chambers says the combination of highway, port and terminal blockades and looting have forced many stores and businesses to close and threaten supplies of basic goods and fuel.

Mexicans were enraged by the 20-percent fuel price hike announced over the weekend as part of a government deregulation effort.

Since then, protesters have blockaded highways and gas stations and looting has broken out in some places.

Authorities said Thursday that one policeman was run over and killed and another seriously injured when they tried to stop robberies from a gas station in Mexico City.