UAE issues travel alert for Barcelona

 

DUBAI – The UAE consulate in Barcelona has issued an alert to Emiratis travelling to Barcelona where protests have shut down roads.

Emiratis bound for Barcelona were advised to make necessary travel arrangements, while those headed back to the UAE were advised to arrive early at the airport.

UAE nationals can call the consulate general on +34 932408550 or +34 669444444 in case of emergencies.

Airports in Spain, including Barcelona El Prat, did not have a taxi service in the last few days due to protests against Uber and Cabify.

In one incident, protesters have attacked one of the vehicles and sprayed it with paint.

Las compañías Uber y Cabify, que operan en Barcelona con licencias VTC (alquiler de vehículos con conductor), han anunciado la suspensión temporal de su actividad en la ciudad condal por las agresiones sufridas hoy durante una manifestación de taxistas, que se encuentran en huelga. Las primeras horas de la huelga de taxis convocada hoy en Barcelona en apoyo del reglamento del Área Metropolitana que regula las VTC y que ha sido suspendido por el Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Cataluña (TSJC) se están desarrollando sin incidentes y con un seguimiento de prácticamente la totalidad del sector. Las primeras horas de la huelga de taxistas habían transcurrido sin incidentes, según informan las asociaciones de taxis implicadas, pero tanto Uber y Cabify han denunciado agresiones “de una gravedad extrema”, alegando que se ha atacado a los vehículos así como a los conductores e incluso a los pasajeros. #huelgataxis #barcelonataxi #bcn #barcelona #taxihuelga

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Taxi drivers started protesting last week against unfair competition by Uber and Cabify, which they say is hurting their livelihood.

In Barcelona, hundreds of taxis blocked the Gran Via, one of the city’s main roads. In Madrid, taxi drivers also parked their cars on the Paseo de la Castellana thoroughfare.

Protesters have called for more strikes in Valencia, Zaragoza, Bilbao, and Seville. GAD/Expat Media

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