Uber in Rio – level 1

07-04-2016 15:00

This news is from Rio de Janeiro. Taxi drivers protest there. They drive into the streets. There are hundreds of taxis in the streets. They do not move. They block the way. The taxi drivers protest against Uber.

The taxi drivers say that Uber is taking their jobs. They say it takes 60% of their work. They want Uber banned.

One man is a taxi driver for 36 years. Now, he cannot pay his housing bills. Soon, people will cut off his electricity.

This situation is not only in Brazil. Taxi drivers in other countries protest, too. Uber protects people’s right to choose who drives them.

Difficult words: ban (stop, make illegal), housing bills (paying for things like electricity and water), right (power).

You can read the original story and watch the video in the Level 3 section.

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