Massive anti-Uber protest paralyzes Madrid

Hundreds of taxis block Madrid's central traffic artery

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Madrid’s anti-riot police, backed by a fleet of tow trucks and cranes, took several hours to clear the vehicles from the capital’s Paseo de la Castellana after hundreds of taxis blocked city’s central traffic artery in Madrid during Monday morning’s rush hour protest.

Spanish capital’s taxi drivers are seeking tighter regulation of Uber and other ride-hailing services, entered its second week.

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Stoppages are expected elsewhere as the protest drags on in the biggest show of strength yet.

The city’s taxi drivers started the protests against private services last week.

In September, the government gave ride-hailing companies four years to comply with regulation, granting them just one new license for every 30 taxi licenses. The cab drivers are now demanding stricter regulations.