Uber drivers in Casablanca, Morocoo found themselves under attack from local cab drivers throughout December. Whenever a ride request came through, drivers were forced from their vehicles and handed them over to the police, the latest in a string of protests in the kingdom against the controversial travel app.
“After the tramway, illegal drivers and now Uber, they are trying to kill us off,” said one driver told Yahoo.com.
Uber launched in Morocco’s economic hub in 2015 but was banned by local authorities after just one month.
It has recently found itself the target of increasingly brash protests organised by owners of Casablanca’s famous tomato red cabs.
“When you open Uber on your phone, you see drivers swarming around you like a virus,” said Nordine, a fifty-something driver told Yahoo Finance. “And like a virus, you need radical solutions. Trap them.”
“Our position hasn’t changed,” a senior official from Casablanca’s local administration told AFP. “We see (Uber) as an unauthorised and illegal company.”