Some 5,000 taxi owners from all over the country flocked outside the Greek Parliament to protest the draft bill that opens their profession. As many took their cars to reach downtown Athens the roads around Syntagma square were blocked for many hours. In fact, that was also their target: to block the parliament.
At the same time the chairman of the taxi owners confederation Thymios Lymberopoulos called his colleagues not to pay their contribution for the insurance fund neither to back their loans to the banks. “If they come to confiscate our homes, we’ll burned them down” he warned. Greek media claimed that taxi owners owe 2 billion euro to the banks for obtaining taxi licences. Some licences were bought under hand for 150,000-200,000 euro.
The security measures were extraordinary as the Transport Minister was informing members of the ruling party on the draft bill. However a hot headed taxi onwer on a motocycle tried to … break the iron and plexiglas security fence, triggering a cloud of smoke and bad maintained motorcycle fumes.