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Second day of cab chaos in Athens

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Second day of cab chaos in Athens


Thousands of cab drivers in the Greek capital Athens have taken to the streets for a second day of protest, angry that the government has liberalised taxi regulations.

They marched on parliament, hoping to show the strength of their feelings to the transport minister.

Their action blocked the city’s main streets causing chaos at a time of year when the crucial Greek tourism industry is at its peak.

The stoppage led to problems at ports and airports, delaying flights that had to wait for passengers caught up in the disruption.

The new laws make it easier and cheaper to get a taxi licence. Operators who paid high prices before the changes now feel cheated.

As part of a nationwide strike, taxi-drivers in Crete drove through Heraklion. A group of drivers set fire to a taxi outside the prefecture accusing government officials of being thieves.

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