Taxi drivers protest court order allowing Uber in Rio

  • Thousands of Brazil's taxi drivers took to the streets on Tuesday against a judicial decision authorizing the private transport application of Uber, a US ridesharing firm, in Rio de Janeiro, even though the Mayor's Office had forbidden its use. The taxi drivers gathered at the Santos Dumont Airport, adjacent to Rio's Centro neighborhood in the east, and marched slowly to the Copacabana district in the south, causing large queues and delays in traffic. The protest was a response to the decision made a few days ago by Rio de Janeiro's regional court of justice declaring ban on Uber invalid as it violates the principle of free initiative included in the Brazil's Constitution. (Source: IANS)