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Cabbies undeterred by threat of arrest

A move by Supreme Court prosecutor Yiannis Tentes on Friday to order the on-the-spot arrest of taxi drivers who obstruct roads, ports or airports had little effect over the weekend as cabbies continued their protests against the government?s liberalization plans.

Taxi drivers took over tollbooths at various points on the national highway network on Saturday – allowing motorists to pass for free – and on Friday forced guards at the Acropolis to shut down the ticket office so visitors could enter the grounds of the ancient monuments without paying.

The cabbies have asked for a meeting with Prime Minister George Papandreou, but Administrative Reform Minister Dimitris Reppas, with whom the cabbies had reached an agreement over liberalization when he was at the Transport Ministry, said he disagreed with their action and rejected claims he had been critical of his successor Yiannis Ragousis.