The taxi strike, live

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8.55At just under two hours of the official inauguration of Fitur, the tension is chewed in the immediate vicinity:

8.54 Protesters have also cut down the Avenida del Parten├│n and Avenida de Madrid, capital of Spain. You can not get there by car, informs our companion Sara Medialdea.

8.52 Cut the M-40 in both directions, when it is an hour and a half before the kings and the rest of the authorities inaugurate Fitur, the largest international tourism fair, reports Carlos Hidalgo.

8.50The riot police They are already deployed in Ifema after the burning of containers and street furniture. In the M-11 are cutting access. The protesters maintain that they will not allow access to Ifema. They have spent the night in the fairgrounds: "Here does not happen even God." Carlos Hidalgo informs.

8.47In a similar line, Ifema has advanced the opening time of its facilities with the aim of encouraging the stepped arrival to Fitur and remembers that Metro de Madrid and the Municipal Transport Company (EMT) will reinforce the frequency of their trips. In addition, Ifema sources have indicated that the bus services of the hotels in which the participants are staying are alsoThey plan to reinforce transport to the Fair to provide sufficient coverage and even extend another route from Plaza Castilla. They have also stressed that they are in "permanent" contact with the Government Delegation in Madrid and with the Regional Transport Consortium (CRTM).

8.45 Subway has reinforced line 8 of its network, which serves the Feria de Madrid, in anticipation of an increase in demand coinciding today with the start of Fitur and the taxi strike. Two more trains have been added to the line, which will increase capacity and frequencies, reports Sara Medialdea.

8.34The conflict that the taxi sector in Madrid faces in its war days lives its third day, which coincides with the first day of Fitur (the International Tourism Fair), one of the great events of Ifema and with a strong impact on the economy of the city. The taxi drivers continue to strike and have the surroundings of Ifema as their headquarters. Last night the representatives of the taxi drivers associations and the Community of Madrid concluded a new meeting without agreement or progress.


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