Taxi drivers in Madrid and Barcelona are on strike protesting what they call unfair ride-hailing services like Uber and Cabify. They want the government to intervene. Now the strike has spread across the country
Madrid taxi drivers blocked the vital Paseo de la Castellana boulevard as part of an ongoing protest against ride-hailing apps. Police were forced into unusual measures to halt the disruption.
Ride-hailing service Uber went public on Friday, and the event had been billed as one of the largest IPOs in the history of the New York Stock Exchange. The shares did not start the day well.
Spanish taxi associations have demanded stricter enforcement of a law that limits the issuing of new licenses to Uber and Cabify. Representatives from the ride-sharing apps say the taxis just want to keep a "monopoly."
A Brazlian tourist has died of a heart attack after being stuck in a traffic jam caused by a blockade by taxi drivers. Vehicles were backed up for several kilometers on the road to Chile's Santiago International Airport.
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