Uber drivers hold placards during a protest outside the company's offices in Beirut, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Uber drivers held an impromptu protest Thursday, a day after Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said that the popular ride-hailing app was unsafe and called on the Lebanese people to use local taxi companies instead. The minister's remarks were made after a driver contracted with the company was named as the prime suspect in the murder of British national Rebecca Dykes.Around 56 Uber drivers staged the Thursday morning demonstration near the Beirut Digital District building Downtown where Uber's Lebanon offices are located."Uber drivers are not out having fun while dropping off their customers, who are very important to us and we treat them like our children," Hamwe said. He condemned the alleged murder of Dykes by the Uber driver as "horrible," saying a respectful person would never commit such a terrible act.However, an Uber spokesperson in Lebanon told The Daily Star Wednesday that Dykes' suspected killer had presented a clean criminal record, as stipulated by the company's policy.
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