Moments of tension during the assembly of taxi drivers this Saturday morning in the center of Barcelona in which it was necessary to decide whether to continue the protest against the VTC vehicles. The taxi drivers called Friday an indefinite strike and have since last cut the Gran Via. EL PAÍS journalist Alfonso L. Congostrina has been wounded after receiving a blow on the nose of one of the assistants to the assembly, who was trying to prevent a discussion from being recorded. The meeting ended this morning with the decision to keep the protest. The taxi drivers will meet at six in the afternoon with the Generalitat in the Transportation Secretariat.
Friday ended with the arrest of seven taxi drivers by the Mossos d'Esquadra and the Guardia Urbana for starring Disorders, breaking windows and causing damage in rental vehicles with driver (VTC). "Yesterday's altercations [por el viernes] They are intolerable. Anyone who wants to help the taxi by breaking up cars, in reality, is condemning us and pushing back the fight, "the spokesman for Elite Taxi, Tito Álvarez, denounced this morning.
The protest began after the Generalitat decided that rental vehicles with driver had to be pre-contracted with a minimum of 15 minutes in advance. The taxi collective wanted it to be 24 hours, so that this service would no longer be a competition. The decision ignited the sector.
"We proposed that they modify the decision and, as in other parts of Europe, be obliged to hire VTC services for a minimum of three hours. They told us that we had to process it as law and they could not guarantee it. We have taken it very badly, but we hope that the effective negotiation will begin, "says Álvarez.