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Chinese Officials Move to End Violent Taxi Strike བོད་སྐད།


Authorities in southwestern China have agreed to address some of the complaints behind a taxi driver strike on Monday that triggered an outburst of violence.

The local government in Chongqing, China's fourth-largest city, promised Tuesday to review how earnings are divided between taxi companies and drivers. Taxi drivers claim they are being exploited. Officials also promised to boost natural gas supplies and crack down on unlicensed drivers.

Hundreds of angry taxi drivers went on strike Monday to protest high operating costs, low taxi fares, heavy traffic fines, fuel shortages and other problems. The protest turned violent as strikers attacked drivers who refused to join in.

The official Xinhua news agency said at least 20 vehicles were damaged, including some police cars. But there were no reports of injuries or arrests.

Xinhua says about 800 drivers have returned to work after talking with officials on Monday.

Xinhua says about nine-thousand taxis operate in Chongqing city.

The taxi strike left thousands stranded during the morning rush hour.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.

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