Portuguese Taxi Drivers Confronted By Armed Police At Mass Demo In Lisbon.

A massive demonstration by Taxi drivers against Uber and the unfair help the Portuguese government have been giving to Uber.

Thousands of Portuguese cab drivers blocked access to Lisbon international airport on Monday to protest government plans to regulate alternative ride-hailing services like Uber, and vowed to maintain their blockade until their demands are met.

Travelers arriving in Lisbon queued for hours to buy metro tickets to the city center as protesters kept competitors from U.S.-based Uber and its Spanish rival Cabify from getting to the airport, attacking those who tried to pick up or drop off passengers with stones. Several cars were badly damaged.

At one point, protesters scuffled with police, who used tear gas, fired blanks and arrested three taxi drivers.

Violence subsided when representatives of the drivers’ unions were summoned for talks with Environment Minister Joao Pedro Fernandes.

But Carlos Ramos, head of the Portuguese Taxi Federation, told reporters after the meeting all the unions got from the government was “a fistful of nothing” and said protesters will not leave the area of the airport.

The minister said that although the meeting was productive, “deep divergences remained” over cab drivers’ demands to impose limits on the number of cars not identified as cabs, which would give taxis an upper hand. He would not say when and if a next meeting would be scheduled.

After a court in June overturned a previous ruling that had banned Uber in Portugal, Prime Minister Antonio Costa has said he wants to regulate the app-based services, introducing compulsory training for drivers, shorter than that required for normal taxis, and making them pay insurance for passengers.

Taxi Leaks has also been sent this communication 

Just to let you all know that in my home country, Portugal, today its happening a major demonstration by the taxi trade in Lisbon against our biggest enemy and the government for allowing them into the market.

This started early in the morning, there has been a lot of violence against the police and also uber cars (not incentivising violence in any way ).
The outcome my friends is that the government had arranged an emergency meeting with the taxi trade.
 Hopefully good news shall arise from that meeting.
Editorial Comment:
Is this what TfL want to see on the streets on London?
The Bullshit mayor said on LBC he would run Uber out of town and revoke their licence should they committed any contravention.
We’ve had contravention after contravention and the evidence is piling up. The Bullshit mayor has done nothing.
A static demo has been called for Thursday outside 230 Blackfriars Road starting at 12:30pm, just found the corner from the Bulkshit mayor’s office. Let’s hope he comes along to explain himself to us Taxi drivers.
Another mass 4 hour “Ply For Hire” has been called by another group for Monday 17th
Our trade is now at breaking point and the time for waiting is over.
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