MEXICO: Constitutional Strike

In Mexico City last week, taxi drivers alarmed their passengers by driving in quick spurts, coasting as far as they could before spurting again. This maneuver was supposed to save gasoline, which was not to be obtained at all. Reason: 18,000 members of Mexico's Syndicate of Petroleum Workers, settling into their second week of strike against Royal Dutch Shell, Standard Oil of New Jersey and 15 other Foreign companies, had shut Mexico's $500,000,000 oil industry down as tight as a petroleum drum.

Impressed by this large-scale demonstration of his power was...