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Angry taxi drivers block traffic in Brussels
During a major taxi demonstration yesterday on Brussels' inner ring road, an estimated 400 taxi drivers were involved in blockades. In addition to traffic chaos, the demonstration gave rise to a number of disturbances, including eggs being thrown, tires set on fire and rioting, reports brusselnieuws.be.
The demonstration had been announced beforehand, but it nonetheless caused additional traffic on Wednesday with blockades at Yser, Meiser, Schuman and South Station. The disgruntled taxi drivers also hampered access to Brussels Airport, forcing some people to walk from the blockade to the airport, with police accompaniment.
The taxi demonstration continued to cause chaos into the evening rush hour, especially in the European district, when police finally called for the demonstrators to move from the ring to Rue Belliard.
The taxi drivers are displeased with the rise of alternative taxi service Uber, a multinational player that is creating unfair competition for the regular taxis, according to the protesters. Yesterday's action was an initiative of the Brussels taxis, but also drew a lot of support from French taxi drivers.