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Argentine Cabbies Block Traffic in Anti-Uber Protest

BUENOS AIRES – Taxi drivers blocked a dozen streets in the Argentine capital on Wednesday in their latest protest against app-based driving service Uber.

Cabbies parked their vehicles at strategic points ahead of morning rush hour and plastered the windshields of passing taxis and buses with stickers reading “Uber out.”

The cabbies say that Uber continues to operate in the capital despite a court injunction late last month barring the service throughout Argentina pending the final adjudication of a raft of cases spurred by the U.S.-based company’s entry into the market.

Cristian Vara, who brought his taxi to a protest near the seat of Congress, told EFE that Uber “works in a completely illegal way with lower rates and unauthorized vehicles.”

“They are forcing us to work longer hours for the same – or even less – money, bringing the sector to bankruptcy,” he said, insisting that Buenos Aires, with one of the world’s highest ratios of taxicabs to residents, is a saturated market with no room for an additional transportation service.

 

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