Protest by taxi drivers
Taxi drivers from around Brazil have staged a protest in the capital against the presence of Uber, demanding that it be prohibited. More than 1,000 drivers, many in their vehicles, showed up in front of Congress on Tuesday in a particularly colourful protest, with many taxis painted different colours for various Brazilian cities. The drivers called on Congress to ban the US-based company from operating in Latin America’s largest nation. Many taxi drivers complain that Uber has led to big drops in their incomes as customers use the Uber app to find cheaper rides from private drivers. Uber is currently in a handful of Brazil’s largest cities, including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. The company has said it views Brazil and other parts of Latin America as growth areas.
ANGER: Taxis line up at the protest