Anti-Uber protest turns violent in Mexico City
The global tumult around Uber continues in Mexico City, where protests against the ride-sharing service turned violent this past week. Cab drivers in Mexico City, one of the world’s most congested urban areas, have led the charge against Uber, calling the competition unfair, as the service’s private drivers don’t face the same costs or regulations.
Some of Mexico City’s 140,000 cabbies converged at the airport wielding clubs and other weapons, vandalizing cars and threatening drivers. The protests follow on the heels of similar, though largely less aggressive, demonstrations in municipalities like London, Paris, Sao Paolo, Brazil and Guangzhou, China, all of which have seen a rapid rise in Uber use.
On these shores, Uber and yellow cab drivers have been engaged in a legal struggle in New York City, where Mayor Bill de Blasio recently failed in his attempt to put a cap on the number of Uber vehicles allowed on the road.
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While Uber has officially been banned as a ride-share service in Spain, the company recently launched a program in Barcelona called UberEATS which brings meals from local restaurants to users’ doorsteps in under 10 minutes. The service is also available in New York, LA, Chicago and Toronto.