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Cairo taxi drivers organise new protest against Uber and Careem

The Cairo taxi drivers demand the government ban Taxi service operators Uber and Careem in Egypt

Ahram Online , Thursday 18 Feb 2016
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Two taxi drivers display banner: "The Egyptian Taxi is the basis" to protest against foreign ride hailing applications Uber, Careem in Downtown Cairo on February 10, 2015 (Photo: Suhail Saleh)
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Dozens of Cairo taxi drivers organised a protest at Mostafa Mahmoud Square in Mohandessin on Thursday evening against popular Taxi service operators Uber and Careem, repeating calls on the authorities to shut them down.

The drivers chanted "Where are our rights?" and held banners urging the Ministry of Interior, which regulates licenses for taxis, to intervene against Uber and Careem.

Traffic was blocked on Gamaat El-Dowal El-Arabia - a vital street in the upper middle class area - for several hours. 

In the past two weeks, Cairo taxi drivers escalated their movement against the taxi service operators Uber and Careem, arguing that the companies are putting tradition metre taxis out of business.

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jennifer
20-02-2016 08:40am
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adrianne
If the taxi drivers in Cairo didn't try and steal from their customers this wouldn't be a problem. So many times my husband and I have gotten in a taxi in Cairo after negotiating a very high price because their meters aren't working and then they asj for a higher price in the car. Another time a driver tried to steal my husband's phone. This happened after my husband had helped him push the taxi because it stalled. People are tired of being ripped off by the drivers. Uber wouldn't exist if the taxis drivers were honest in the first place.
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mo
19-02-2016 02:30am
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come on!!
Why were these people not arrested for illegal protesting? They blocked a road for many hours and broke many laws, right?
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