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Don’t vent your anger in public, minister tells taxi drivers

By Elias Hazou

IT IS not right that professional groups with grievances should inconvenience the public, communications minister Marios Demetriades said yesterday.

He was alluding to taxi drivers who a day earlier had caused traffic jams during rush-hour in Nicosia when they blocked busy roads, in a bid to drive home their demands, but garnered little sympathy from frustrated motorists.

“These mobilisations are not the solution,” Demetriades said.

The minister denied the cabbies’ allegations that he was refusing to engage them, noting that for months the government has been considering their demands, while he personally met with a delegation of cab drivers three weeks ago and together they looked at their demands “one by one.”

Demetriades said that although the government does not see eye to eye with the taxi drivers on all talking points, it is ready and willing to resolve those issues which it can.

Earlier, the minister had said that solutions were in the pipeline on the piracy issue and the taxi permits, key issues raised by the cabbies.

“It cannot be that whenever a professional group has some demands, that they go out on the streets and inconvenience the rest of the citizens,” he noted.

Demetriades was speaking to reporters after a meeting with Archbishop Chrysostomos. During their talk, the two covered “all matters across the board” of common concern to the government and the Church.

“We shall have close contacts for our mutual benefit,” the Archbishop said for his part.

“We are by the government’s side and wish to help it, because its success will be the people’s success,” the Prelate added.

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