Striking Greek taxi drivers clash with police

ATHENS, Greece—Greek riot police have fired tear gas at striking taxi drivers who attacked them with stones outside the transport ministry in Athens.

The clashes followed the collapse of talks between taxi unionists and Transport Minister Yiannis Ragoussis on ending the three-day old strike during the peak of Greece’s vital tourist season.

Hundreds of taxi drivers gathered outside the ministry Wednesday to protest proposed licensing changes that would make it cheaper for new cabbies to enter the business.

The changes are part of reforms and austerity measures to fight Greece’s acute debt crisis and secure continued payment of its international bailout loans.

Since the strike started on Monday, taxi drivers have periodically blocked access to Greek airports and harbours, alarming tourism industry officials.
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