Rabat - Police broke up a demonstration staged by grand taxi drivers in Casablanca earlier today, after declaring that it was unlawful.
Rabat – Police broke up a demonstration staged by grand taxi drivers in Casablanca earlier today, after declaring that it was unlawful.
The demonstration involved dozens of drivers protesting against Uber. It took place on Avenue des FAR. Reports by Le360 state that it had started following a call from the National Federation of Transport Professionals, the grand taxi driver union.
But as there was no official authorization for the demonstration, the authorities were forced to intervene and disperse the crowds without injury to anyone involved.
Uber, the American taxi company that operates via an app-based service, has caused controversy in Casablanca ever since it launched its services there last July.
In December, hundreds of taxi drivers gathered to protest against the company, whose current net worth value is over $50 billion, outside the offices of the Moroccan Labor Union (LMT). The protestors claim that the low cost service has led to worsening conditions for drivers.
“This protest is a warning. We are not in direct competition with Uber,” said one taxi driver, “but we want them, and other similar services and illegal carriers, to produce the documentation from the Ministry of Equipment, Transport and Logistics, or from local and regional authorities that authorize their operations.”