A group of taxi drivers gathered early on March 12 outside Istanbul’s Çağlayan Courthouse to protest against Uber ahead of the second hearing of a lawsuit opened against the transport company by the United Taxi Drivers Association.
Shots were fired at Uber vehicle in Istanbul’s Küçükçekmece district late on March 10, as tensions between taxi drivers and Uber drivers continue to rise in the city.
A criminal gang that used taxis, trolleys and even the Uber ride-hailing service to distribute drugs to the doors of their customers around Attica has been broken up in Exarchia, central Athens, police said on Friday. Among the 21 suspects arrested were two individuals who had been detained during university riots in 2010 in Zografou.
Tensions between regular taxi drivers and Uber drivers have been brewing for some time in Istanbul, but have recently reached a new high as reports emerge of a group of taxi drivers who allegedly hunt down and beat up Uber drivers at night in the country’s most populous city.
Taxi drivers surround a vehicle during a protest against taxi-hailing apps such as Uber in Athens on Tuesday. They staged a walkout from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to protest the government's failure to pass a bill restricting the operation of rival services. During the walkout, taxi drivers stopped several motorists perceived to be offering such services, kicking their cars and threatening them.