MEXICO.- A series of peaceful protests will be held across Mexico in defense of state-owned oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, and against a supposed plan to turn the firm over to foreign oil companies, former leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said.
"We are going to defend the petroleum peacefully," Lopez Obrador said.
The leftist politician announced the protest plans during a rally staged by his National Regeneration Movement, or Morena, on Tuesday in Mexico City.
The "El petroleo es de todos" (The Petroleum Is Everyone's) campaign will hold its first demonstrations on Sunday, Lopez Obrador said.
Protests will take place in the plazas of cities across the country, with a rally planned for Mexico City, the leftist leader said.
President Enrique Peña Nieto said last month that Pemex would not be privatized and the public should be wary of those who sought to "mislead or confuse" the issue.
According to the agenda, on March 8, International Women’s Day, his followers will rally against the value added tax on food and medicines and the privatization of the Mexican oil company Pemex.