Police move in as demonstrators try to block the way while another pours water on a car, suspected to be a private taxi during a 24 hour taxi strike and protest in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul White)
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Commuters in London, Berlin, Paris and Madrid faced a day of traffic chaos Wednesday as taxi drivers mounted one of the biggest protests against the threat of Uber, a U.S. car service which allows people to summon rides at the touch of a button.Taxi drivers across Europe say the applications of companies like Uber break local rules as well as endanger their livelihoods."They're killing us off, starving us out," said Mick Fitz, who has been driving a London black taxi for 15 years. He and other black cab drivers allege Uber's technology is effectively a taximeter and thus contravenes a 1998 British law reserving the right to use a meter for licensed black taxis.Uber has expanded rapidly since it was founded by two U.S. technology entrepreneurs, Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, and now operates in 128 cities across 37 countries.In Berlin, more than 300 out of an expected 1,000 taxi drivers joined a protest against companies like Uber from 10 a.m. GMT, trying to snarl traffic between the Olympic Stadium and Tegel Airport, Berlin Central Station and Sudkreuz Station.
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