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Leftist lawmakers padlocked and placed chairs over the doors of the chamber of deputies Wednesday to prevent debate on a major energy reform bill that passed the Senate hours earlier. "We cannot allow a handful of people to take and give away the nation's property," deputy Maria Luisa Alcalde of the Citizen Movement Party said from the podium, joined by members of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) and the Workers Party. The left, which sees the reform as an attempt to privatize state-run company Pemex, wants the reform to be put before Mexicans in a referendum. The bill is the centerpiece of President Enrique Pena Nieto's reform drive, which has included new tax collection, telecommunications and education laws in an effort to revitalize Latin America's second biggest economy.