Two taxi drivers protested against tighter rules for app-based horse-riding services were arrested in Madrid on Thursday during other straight days of collision with the police.
The protesters teamed up with riot police outside a trade show center, where a major tourism fair started Wednesday, allowing only a convoy with King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia in Spain to enter the center.
Drivers blocked a highway near Ifema's congress center, saying they would continue their final strike until the Madrid regional authorities agreed on a solution such as the one ending a similar uneven strike in Barcelona on Wednesday.
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During the strikes of the strikes, the Catalan regional government decided to commit users of apps like Uber and Cabify to conclude contracts at least one hour in advance. 19659005] Madrid's conservative regional manager, Angel Garrido, has refused to take the same step and says that Barcelona and Catalonia are "on their way to the Middle Ages" with such a solution.
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Unauto VTC, the association representing drivers working mainly for Uber and Cabify, says there are 3000 job at stake in Barcelona.
It said the Catalan regional government "has set off for the drivers of the drivers who again kidnap Barcelona and use violence to protect their monopoly."
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Earlier taxi demonstrations have led to violence. A taxi driver was admitted on Tuesday with a serious head injury after being driven by a car that worked for an app he was trying to stop.
Protests forced legislative changes at national level last year, but Spanish taxi drivers are considering insufficient ones claiming that their work is regulated as a public service in a way that their competitors are not.
Associated Press has contributed to this report.