At 4 PM today, the controversial ride-sharing app Uber began operations in the city of Buenos Aires. In response, as Uber began to pick up its first passengers, local taxi drivers blockaded roads across the city in protest. Traffic jams have built up behind the blockades, which are taking place in the neighborhoods of Retiro, Caballito and Recoleta as well as around Aeroparque airport.
— Andres Chomczyk (@achomczyk) April 12, 2016
— Maria Eugenia (@EugecalderonArg) April 12, 2016
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Meanwhile, following the news of Uber’s arrival, José Ibarra, General Secretary of the National Federation of Taxi Driver, spoke to Radio Latina this afternoon to express his resentment against the company. “We knew that at any moment Uber was going to start operating in Argentina,” said Ibarra. “We want to ban its arrival” and “if the Uber issue isn’t resolved, we are going to go on strike,” he continued.
Para frenar a Uber, los taxistas van a la Justicia y preparan protestas.
El titular del sindicato de Conductores… https://t.co/p21lgSQNWB
— Radio Latina 101.1 (@RadioLatina1011) April 12, 2016