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Women taxi drivers chained themselves to Casa Presidencial gate

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A group of at least 5 female taxi drivers chained themselves against the gates of Casa Presidencial (Government House) from the early hours of Tuesday morning, with the aim of President Carlos Alvarado attending to their complaints.

The women, some with some 30 years of dedicating themselves driving a taxi, chained themselves around 3:00 am as part of the protest called by the union leaders in protest – of the bill that aims to regulate transport platforms such as Uber.

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The taxi drivers say that every day their economic situation gets worse, some claim to have lost their vehicles, houses, way of living can’t even bring home enough to feed their children, all because of government inaction to shut down operations like Uber.

Uber has been operating in the country since 2015. The company says it has more than 22,000 drivers (partners as they call them) and 700,000 users.

A bill is currently in the legislative process to legalize Uber and other transport app operators.

 

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