Taxi drivers escalate protest action [update]

Greece’s taxi drivers escalated on Tuesday their protest at the government’s plans to fully liberalize their sector and lift all restrictions on the number of licenses issued.

On the second day of a nation-wide work stoppage, Athens cabbies met at 10 a.m. in front of the Marnis Street headquarters of their union SATA, where they decided to strike indefinitely, until their demands were met. The cabbies then drove to Syntagma Square, where they held a protest in front of Parliament that caused more traffic chaos in central Athens.

In Thessaloniki, police thwarted a motorcade of taxis that was headed to Macedonia Airport,though some 1,000 drivers left their vehicles on the side of the highway leading to the airport and walked into the departure lounge, where they staged a protest.

In Patra, cabbies gathered at the port, where they intend to block the exit of passengers from three large cruise ships that are scheduled to dock at the busy Peloponnese port.

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