US security alert warns of disputes between taxis and Ubers

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MEXICO CITY — The U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory for Mexico’s resort-studded Caribbean coast Monday after medallion taxi drivers started harassing and attacking drivers from the ride-hailing app Uber and their clients.

Taxi drivers even blocked one of the main roads leading to the hotel district in the resort city of Cancun Monday. That forced some tourists to walk or catch rides in police pickups to get their flights out, or check-in.

The State Department advised travelers that “past disputes between these services and local taxi unions have occasionally turned violent, resulting in injuries to U.S. citizens in some instances.”

The Cancun police department shared photos of travelers getting into the bed of police trucks, and said, “given the blockades on the Kukulcan boulevard, our transit officers helped people get to the airport.”

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