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Weeklong taxi strike against Uber hinders traffic in Madrid

Spanish police on Monday cleared away taxis that blocked a main avenue in the capital of Madrid, the latest action in a weeklong standoff with authorities over the growth of app-based ride-hailing services that cab drivers say threaten their livelihood. The striking Spanish taxi drivers want the regional government in Madrid to impose tighter regulations for rides hailed through apps like Uber and Cabify. They demand similar steps like those announced for Barcelona, where local authorities can now modify regulations to require app-based rides to be hired up to one hour in advance. Self-employed drivers working for the two platforms are also occupying parts of Barcelona's main thoroughfares on Monday to urge the regional Catalan government to halt the new regulations.

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