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Angered Cairo Taxi Drivers To File Lawsuit Against Uber, Careem

February 11, 2016
An Egyptian taxi driver stands on his car as he and others block part of the 6th October bridge in central Cairo, Egypt, 2013. Photo: AP

As private taxi services Uber and Careem have stirred anger among regular Cairo taxi drivers over competition for costumers, a lawsuit is expected to be filed against the increasingly popular companies by rights lawyer Khaled Ali, who will be representing the taxi drivers. During a press conference at the Egyptian press syndicate on Wednesday, organized by the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights, the taxi drivers reiterated their demands that Uber and Careem be banned. Taxi representatives contended that the foreign on-demand car-sharing services are creating “strife between Egyptian drivers and riders” and called on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Prime Minister Sherif Ismail to issue a ban on the companies. According to state-owned Ahram Online, whose reporters attended the presser, the taxi drivers hope that a new initiative launched on Wednesday by the name of “We’re the real taxi, not the outsiders” will prompt the San Francisco-based Uber and Dubai-based Careem to end their operations in Egypt. A video posted on YouTube on Wednesday showed disgruntled taxi drivers holding banners that said “we are against the companies that are stealing our livelihoods” while attempting to get Uber drivers…

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