July 19 - Thousands of striking Greek taxi drivers march to parliament to protest the taxi deregulation law. Nick Rowlands reports.
Greek taxi drivers take to the streets of Athens on Tuesday, calling for the government to rescind a new taxi deregulation law. Thousands head towards parliament, on foot, bicycles, motorcycles, and in taxi cabs. The law they are opposing came into effect on July 2nd, and makes it much easier to acquire a license, devaluing the licenses of those who had to pay over the odds for theirs. It's the second day of a 48-hour strike by drivers, and the President of the Taxi Drivers and Owners Union says there is a hard road ahead. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) THIMIOS LIBEROPOULOS, PRESIDENT OF THE TAXI DRIVERS AND OWNERS UNION: "This is going to be a tough battle because of the arrogance of one minister. We ask him to retreat." The taxi drivers chant, "Taxi drivers are here, united and strong!" Greece is in the midst of a major debt crisis, and the liberalisation law is part of the government's controversial raft of reforms as agreed with the EU and IMF. July is the peak tourist month for Greece, and the strike has been criticised by the tourist industry as well as the government. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.