Italian Taxi Drivers Protest Uber’s Takeover Plans [VIDEOS]

ER Editor: Over the last few weeks, Italian taxi drivers have been striking because Uber, with the help of the globalist government under Mario Draghi, is being allowed to elbow its way into Italy. Taxi drivers are naturally up in arms, a sight we had historically seen in France.

We published on this in relation to Emmanuel Macron two days ago. See

Will Macron’s Involvement in The Uber Scandal Sink Him?

A Zerohedge report contained within reveals that Uber, no doubt with the approval of the World Economic Forum, has been working to undermine the traditional taxi industry globally:

A treasure trove of more than 124,000 confidential documents known as “The Uber Files” reveals the inside story of how Uber aggressively pushed into international markets.

The unprecedented leak to The Guardian and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and other media outlets shows how the ride-sharing service wooed prime ministers, presidents, billionaires, and oligarchs for access to their home markets between 2013-17.

The files cover Uber’s operations across 40 countries during a period in which the company became a global behemoth, bulldozing its cab-hailing service into many of the cities in which it still operates today. — The Guardian

Uber’s history of disregarding local laws and regulations and even conducting law-breaking activities were detailed in the cache of files containing emails, iMessage, and WhatsApp messages, including conversations with co-founder Travis Kalanick and top-level execs.

In a 2014 message to a coworker, Uber’s former head of global communications, Nairi Hourdajian, reportedly stated: “Sometimes we have problems because, well, we’re just fucking illegal.”

In an exchange between Kalanick and execs, the co-founder overlooked concerns about sending French Uber drivers to demonstrate against the taxi industry. “I think it’s worth it … Violence guarantee[s] success,” Kalanick wrote to colleagues. …

While this is impacting Emmanuel Macron in France, Italy’s taxi drivers have been reacting in their own way due to plans dating from May to expand its service in Italy. We follow with a partial report from The Local (Italian version) and a selection of tweets.



Taxi drivers across Italy went on strike on Tuesday in the latest protest over government plans to open up the sector to competition, this time citing allegations made against ride-hailing app Uber.

Italian taxi drivers strike over Uber expansion plan

There were no taxis available in Rome on Tuesday as drivers held the latest protest against a planned expansion by Uber. Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP

Getting a taxi proved impossible on the streets of central Rome and outside the city’s airports on Tuesday, as drivers called another strike without notice.

Italian taxi drivers have been protesting for weeks against a competition bill unveiled by the government, which aims to, among other things, open up the country’s highly regulated and protected taxi industry.

Drivers said the bill brings the threat of unfair competition from online ride-sharing services like Uber, according to reports from Italian news agency Ansa.

The protests on Tuesday were reportedly linked to the ‘Uber Files’, a data-based investigation by leading international news outlets, based on leaked documents which allegedly contain evidence that the start-up worked around laws in various countries and used aggressive lobbying tactics to curry favour with governments.

While Uber does exist in Italy, it currently operates on a limited basis in the biggest cities only and the Uber Black service was banned in the country until 2017.



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