- Title: Taxi protest snarls Mexico City traffic
- Date: 7th October 2019
- Summary: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (OCTOBER 07, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS PROFANITY*** TAXIS BLOCKING ICONIC REFORMA AVENUE "TAXI" SIGN ON CAB TAXIS SURROUNDING BASE OF THE "ANGEL OF INDEPENDENCE" MONUMENT PROTESTER HOLDING SIGN READING (Spanish) "ENOUGH OF SO MANY TAXES BY THE GOVERNMENT, WE WANT GUARANTEES FOR OUR LICENSES" TAXIS BLOCKING ROAD SIGN ON TAXI READING (Spanish) "OUT WITH FOREIGN APPS - OUR ASSOCIATIONS ARE WORTH A LOT" PEOPLE WALKING ALONG SIDE OF ROAD FEET OF PEOPLE WALKING ALONG CLOSED MAIN ROAD PEOPLE WALKING DOWN SIDEWALK BESIDE CLOSED ROAD MAN ARGUING WITH TAXI DRIVERS (MAN SAYS A PROFANE WORD IN SPANISH AT END OF SHOT) TAXIS BLOCKING ROAD (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LOCAL RESIDENT, EDUARDO GARCIA, SAYING: "It seems there is no authority. It's OK to protest, but not this way, not by affecting everyone. This government shouldn't allow it, but they're very permissive." TAXI DRIVERS STANDING NEXT TO CABS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LOCAL RESIDENT WHO WAS NOT ABLE TO GET TO WORK DUE TO TAXI STRIKE, LAURA MARTINEZ, SAYING: "I've been walking across the whole city, looking for a way to get to my job. This can't be, I'm already late. I have to report in, and now I might not even get to work and they're going to deduct this. How is this possible? They're going to deduct this day from me." TAXIS BLOCKING ROAD (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICO CITY TAXI DRIVER, JORGE BARAJAS, SAYING: "What we're protesting is that the authorities haven't paid attention to us, they allow the transnational applications to continue working in a legal way. We have our licenses, and we're fighting to be able to take bread home daily." VARIOUS, PEOPLE WALKING ON SIDEWALKS VARIOUS, TAXIS BLOCKING ROAD TEXT WRITTEN ON TAXI REAR WINDOW READING (Spanish) "JOIN THE STRIKE OCTOBER 7" TAXIS BLOCKING MAIN ROAD WITH MEXICAN FLAG FLYING IN FOREGROUND
- Embargoed: 21st October 2019 21:16
- Keywords: apps block Didi Uber Reforma Avenue ride sharing traffic Mexico City Cabify taxi protest drivers
- Location: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- City: MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA001B03NPL3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS NOTE: PROFANITY OVERHEAD IN SHOT 10
People were forced to walk to work across the Mexico City megalopolis as taxi drivers shut down major arteries, snarling traffic on Monday (October 07) to protest ride sharing applications like Uber, Didi and Cabify.
Taxis sat parked along the city's monument-lined Reforma Avenue and tourists were stranded at the airport for part of the day Monday as taxis blocked access to Terminal 1 of the city's international airport.
"It's OK to protest, but not this way, not by affecting everyone," said local resident Eduardo Garcia.
Mexico City was among the first cities in the world to regulate Uber after the popular app burst onto the scene, much to the ire of taxi drivers.
(Production: Carlos Jasso, Roberto Ramirez, Manuel Carrillo)
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