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Confrontational Cancun taxi drivers stop Uber with tourist

Cancun, Q.R. — Several members of the Andrés Quintana Roo taxi union have been videoed stopping a suspected Uber driver and his passenger along a street in central Cancun.

A new case of misconduct of functions by taxi drivers of the Andrés Quintana Roo union has been aired across social networks after a video circulated showing three taxi drivers preventing passage of a private vehicle, its driver and a tourist.

The video, which is just over two minutes long, was taken outside the private clinic Olympia on Margaritas Street in Supermanzana 22, a short distance from the city’s popular Palapas Park. There, a taxi unit obstructs the passage of a compact vehicle, while three taxi drivers keep a person retained.

One of these three drivers goes to the person recording the moment, spitting and insulting him, while the person reiterates that he is not disrespecting anyone. One of his companions observes undaunted, while the other talks by phone.

“Hey, do you have the number of any of the Transit, the Uber?”, you hear him say on his cell phone.

A tourist, who remains in the parking lot with a suitcase at her feet, challenges the aggressive operator in English, telling the approaching taxi driver that she “is not one of those involved in fight”, “with you people yelling at each other”,” involving tourists”, “it’s ridiculous,” she says.

The taxi driver says it is illegal, to which she replies she is not part of the fight.

The delegate of the Secretariat of Infrastructure and Transport (Sintra), Juan Lezama González said that they will take action on the matter, since these taxi drivers are unduly acting as authorities.

These violent actions by the guild have been condemned by the same union Andrés Quintana Roo, after the death of a driver on 26 October.