Taxi drivers and stallholders demonstrating against the opening of their sectors to competition scuffle with police outside the ruling Democratic Party headquarters in Rome. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Italy's taxi drivers staged a sixth day of protests in major cities on Tuesday (February 21) and blocked central Rome to try to force the government to crack down on burgeoning limousine businesses and the app-based Uber service. The protest coincided with a demonstration by market and stallholders, who are up in arms over plans to implement the European Union "Bolkestine" directive aimed at opening up competition within the services sector. While one group of protesters closed roads around the prime minister's office, another, including both taxi drivers and stallholders, crowded around the entrance to the nearby Democratic Party (PD) headquarters. "Buffoons, buffoons," the men shouted. Scuffles broke out between the demonstrators and riot police outside the PD headquarters, with the demonstrators charging at the police and pelting them with eggs and flares.