Taxi drivers end 6 October Bridge sit-in

Ahram Online , Tuesday 23 Apr 2013

6 October Bridge reopened to traffic on Monday night after taxi drivers ended their sit-in

Taxi in Cairo traffic (Photo:Reuters)

Dozens of taxi drivers on Monday night ended their sit-in partially blocking the 6 October Bridge.

The over ten-hour protest was to call for the cancellation of car-payment instalments.

Taxi drivers were required to exchange their old black and white taxis for new white vehicles. The drivers claim this placed them under a heavy burden because they must pay for the car in instalments even if they cannot work.

This is the second sit-in by taxi drivers over the same demand.

The first protest blocked the 6 October Bridge in early April.

Both sit-ins ended peacefully after negotiations with security forces.

Egypt has seen numerous strikes and sit-ins in the two years since the January 25 Revolution that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak.

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