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The United States is asking compatriots traveling to Cancún, Mexico, to beware of potentially violent confrontations between drivers of local taxis and Uber. Taxi drivers are angry about the arrival of the American taxi company to the popular seaside resort.

Tensions are rising after a court this month ruled that Uber drivers could work in the southeastern state of Quintana Roo, which includes the high-traffic destinations of Cancún and Tulum.

On Monday, taxi drivers blocked roads in Cancún, which welcomes 30 million tourists annually, disrupting travel to the airport. Mexican media reports that Uber drivers and Mexican and international tourists are harassed and harassed by the taxi drivers.

“Safe alternative to taxis” Taxi apps like Uber “generally provide a safe alternative to taxis,” according to the safety alert from the US embassy in Mexico City. “However, past disputes between these services and local taxi unions have occasionally turned violent, in some cases resulting in injuries to US citizens.”

Cancún Mayor Ana Patricia Peralta said on social media that she would not allow “the image and safety of the destination to be violated by a few.”

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