Mexican fuel shortage stretches into second week

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is urging the country to remain patient as gasoline shortages stretch into their second week while he battles to stem fuel theft at pipelines

MEXICO CITY -- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is urging the country to remain patient as gasoline shortages stretch into their second week while he battles to stem fuel theft at pipelines.

In a talk addressing consumer frustrations, Lopez Obrador said Sunday that "there are annoyances, because it's natural." He urged Mexicans to "act with honesty" as he condemned Saturday's rush to fill buckets at the punctured pipeline.

The government has enlisted the military to help secure 1,600 kilometers (994 miles) of pipelines in an attempt to crack down on theft.