Taxi protest causes traffic chaos in Indonesian capital

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Thousands of taxi drivers are causing traffic chaos in the Indonesian capital Tuesday in a protest against competition from ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Grab.

TV footage showed long lines of taxis blocking a central expressway and men jumping on vehicles that refused to join in the protest.

An Associated Press reporter witnessed drivers surrounding one taxi, forcing its female passenger out on to the road with her luggage.

It is the second major protest by taxi drivers in Jakarta this month.

They say competition from ride-hailing apps, which don't face the same costs and rules as regular taxis, has severely reduced their income.