Brasilia and Belo Horizonte are the only other two cities where Uber is present. To prevent its spread, city councils in at least 13 other state capitals have laws pending approval to ban the service.
Many other protests throughout Europe and North America have taken place to protest the internet-based car-hire service.
Previously, taxi drivers in Brussels went on strike September 16 to protest the private-car booking enterprise Uber. Drivers had burned car tires on a crossroad near Midi next to the Lemonnier metro station, and Zuidlaan and Avenue de Porte de Hal streets were also closed by furious taxi drivers, who claimed Uber costs their business a significant loss of revenue.
Paris traffic had also been brought to a standstill in June as taxi drivers parked their cars and took to the picket lines to protest Uber. Strikers had lit fires along the ring road and refused to provide service at the city's two main airports and train stations.
Later on, French President Francois Hollande also joined in the criticism of Uber, arguing that the company "respects no rule." "I understand that there are manifestations ... I can understand that there is exasperation," he said in Brussels, where he was attending a European Union summit.
Uber is a mobile app that allows consumers with smartphones to submit their trip request and see the other Uber drivers, who use independent cars, on the same road. They share the costs of traveling instead of using their own car or hiring a cab. As of May 2015, the app has been used in 58 countries.
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