Taxi drivers across Spain joined strike against Uber
The strike began in Barcelona last week and spread Saturday to Madrid as drivers demanded action from the government, which is due to meet their representatives at midday.
Strikes or partial stoppages have been called in Valencia in eastern Spain, Zaragoza and Bilbao in the north, and Seville in the south.
Taxi driver federations want the authorities to strictly enforce the legislation under which there should be 30 traditional taxis for each VTC (Tourism Vehicle with Chauffeur).
In Barcelona, Spain's biggest tourist attraction, hundreds of black and yellow taxis parked for a third day on the Gran Via, one of the city's main roads.
Some drivers camped out there, sleeping on mattresses on the ground, in tents or in their taxis.
"We sincerely hope that the state does not give in to blackmail from violent people," said Unauto, the platform which represents Uber et Cabify.
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