The US State Department has simultaneously issued a travel warning in tourist haven cities mexico’s caribbean coast amid clashes between disgruntled taxi drivers and Uber rideshare customers and drivers.
The warning comes after Medallion taxi drivers in Mexico’s Quintana Roo state, Cancun and other popular tourist areas on the Yucatan Peninsula, have been harassing drivers and passengers in Uber vehicles because of frustration over competition providing the ride-share service and attacking them. ,
Taxi drivers also blocked one of the main roads leading to the hotel district in the resort of Cancun on Monday. This forced some tourists to take rides or catch police pickups to get off their flights, or to check in.
state Department gave advice passenger that “past disputes between these services and local taxi unions have sometimes turned violent, resulting in injuries to US citizens in some cases.”
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Social media sites have been filled with videos over the past two days showing tourists being beaten up – and in one case, apparently manhandled – by groups of multiple uniformed taxi drivers.
The Cancun Police Department shared photos of passengers in the bed of police trucks, saying “given the blockades on Kukulcan Boulevard, our transit officers helped people get to the airport.”
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The mayor of Cancun has called on taxi drivers to exercise restraint.
“I am not going to allow a small group to damage the reputation of the resort and human safety,” Mayor Ana Patricia Peralta said in a taped message.
The taxi union in Cancun, which represents about 12,000 members, was angered by a January 11 court ruling that allows Uber to operate without the required public transportation license for taxis, Mexico News Daily reported,
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Uber did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.
The security alert comes after the State Department issued travel advisories in dozens of Mexican states due to crime concerns, including “do not travel” advisories to Zacatecas, Guerrero, Colima, and other states.
The Associated Press contributed to this report