Uber driver Irfan Er drives his car in Istanbul, Turkey March 15, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
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An Uber driver keeps a metal rod close at hand during his daily drives through Istanbul.Local media have reported incidents where groups of taxi drivers posing as customers gang up and assault Uber drivers after hailing them to quiet street sides.Fed up with what they deem unfair competition, hundreds of taxi drivers protested outside the Istanbul Palace of Justice Monday to call for an Uber ban.Uber operates in Turkey on a so-called D-2 license, similar to what chartered buses use.Unlike in other cities, Istanbul's Ubers charge slightly more than conventional cabs – but they're popular among Turks, especially women, who feel more secure seeing how other passengers rate a driver.Drivers at the courthouse protest chanted: "Jewish, Zionist Uber! Get out of my country!" One said he'd stop voting for the ruling AK Party if Uber's license isn't revoked.Uber drivers like Nejat Erkan Erdogan, 54, are on high alert.
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