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Uber just found another way to anger Mexico City's taxi drivers
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Uber just found another way to anger Mexico City's taxi drivers

  • Taxis line the street in the Federal District of Mexico City.
    Martin Garcia/Flickr Taxis line the street in the Federal District of Mexico City.

Taxi drivers in Mexico City went on strike Monday, so naturally the people over at Uber decided to offer free rides.

The publicity-hungry company made the announcement on their Mexico City blog — promising their customers that they wouldn’t allow a little labor dispute interfere with their services.

Mexico’s capital — like some other cities in Latin America —has been considering a ban on the popular service, which has drawn outrage from its taxi drivers.

According to Excelsior, a Mexican daily newspaper, approximately 5,000 taxi drivers went on strike Monday. CNN's Spanish language channel reported that the taxi drivers were protesting against the car sharing service.

Back in March, the fight between Uber and local taxi drivers turned violent. A group of taxi drivers used baseball bats to attack an Uber driver's car.

The city's 140,000 taxishave been the focus of reforms as a part of a plan to “regularize” transportation.

Hailing a taxi in Mexico City and elsewhere in Latin America can be dangerous. As GlobalPost’s Simeon Tegel explains, in some cases passengers risk crossing paths with violent criminals who carry out what is known as an “express kidnappings”:

Mexico City is perhaps the world capital of this kind of crime, and no self-respecting guidebook fails to warn of the danger. Passengers are taken at gunpoint on a forced ATM tour.

The battle between taxi drivers and Uber isn’t exclusive to Latin America — it's a face-off taking place around the world. We'll see if Mexico City becomes the next place to crackdown on the ride sharing app.

This article originally appeared on GlobalPost.

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