Dutch taxi drivers planning an attack on Uber: report
Taxi drivers in the Netherlands are planning an attack on Uber's head office in Amsterdam. According to messages sent on Telegram group 'WegMetUber', taxi drivers plan to storm the Uber office with fire bombs, AD reports.
The newspaper came across the group chat on messaging service Telegram, which now has around 300 anonymous members. A recent call on the group states that the attack is planned at 4:00 p.m. on March 20th. "Everything and everyone is welcome. Bring your bricks, fireworks and molotovs with you!" the call reads.
The angry taxi driverz accuse Uber of competing unfairly against the regular taxi sector. By causing as much unrest as possible, they hope to prompt the government to ban the online taxi service like London recently did, according to AD.
The Amsterdam police are aware of the call to attack on Telegram, spokesperson Frans Zuiderhoek said to the newspaper. "We are investigating the case. There may be several criminal offenses, including incitement to the penetration of someone else's property."
Uber is also aware of the call, and is in close contact with the Amsterdam police, a spokesperson said to the newspaper. The company is also talking to its drivers in an effort to calm things down.