Taxi drivers in Madrid go on strike to protest colleague's killing

October 20, 2007 12:39


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Taxi drivers in Madrid went on strike Saturday to protest the stabbing death of a colleague in an apparent robbery. Many cabbies stopped driving immediately after the killing Friday night of 45-year-old Argentine Daniel Aguilera Gramada and assembled in a downtown plaza, honking horns and shouting for better protection. The protest continued Saturday morning and the city was largely without taxi service, news reports said. The stoppage was to last until noon (1000 GMT), after which leaders of taxi drivers' unions were to meet with Interior Ministry officials. Police said Aguilera Gramada was stabbed in the face and neck in an apparent robbery. No suspects have been arrested. They said it was the first time in years that a Madrid cabbie had been killed while on duty.

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