“To the barricades!”. The mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, has shaken social networks with a call for mobilization after learning that the electricity bill has risen by 44%, gasoline by 22.1% and diesel by 23% in the last year.
The mayor’s tweet is ironic to denounce the passivity of left-wing parties and social groups when protesting the increase in energy prices. This is the case of Podemos, which in the past (when the PP ruled, naturally) championed activism against the “Energy poverty” what caused “deaths”.
Pablo Iglesias He even asked for a minute of silence to be observed in Congress for the “victims of energy poverty”, an expression that has fallen into disuse now that Podemos is contemplating from the Government of Spain how the electricity and fuel bills skyrocket at levels never known, without there being any protest demonstrations in the streets of Madrid.
The sharp rise in electricity and fuel prices skyrocketed inflation in September up to 4%, seven tenths more than in August and the highest rate since 2008, according to data published this Thursday by the National Institute of Statistics (INE).
To the barricades! https://t.co/CP0GFOm0wP
– José Luis Martínez-Almeida (@AlmeidaPP_) October 14, 2021
The consumer price index (CPI) now adds up seven consecutive months on the rise, six of them with increasing rates above 2%: April (2.2%), May (2.7%), June (2.7%), July (2.9%), August (3.3 %) and now September (4%).
The rise in prices is caused by the behavior of energy, especially electricity, which shot up 44% in September compared to the same month in 2020.
The rise in electricity had a full impact on the evolution of the housing group, whose prices rose by 14.5% in September, three points more than in August, due both to this factor and to the higher cost of heating oil and gas. that went down in 2020.
Also the prices of liquid fuels rose strongly, by 42.5%, which boosted transportation group inflation to 9.8%, one point more than in August, despite the fact that the release of some sections of toll roads pushed down (tolls and car parks fell by 22.5%).