Members of Toronto’s taxi industry have begun a hunger strike at city hall to protest Uber operations in the city.
The protesters say they won’t end the hunger strike until Uber stops what they call illegal activity.
They erected a tent at Nathan Phillips Square despite warnings of bylaw violations from police and security.
Last week, the taxi industry called on the city to pursue another injunction against Uber after a court in Calgary issued a similar order.
Licensing and Standards executive director Tracey Cook says the protest is in the hands of the city hall security but adds she didn’t want to see protesters harmed as a result of the hunger strike.
She says “I don’t want anyone to be harmed. They are good guys. They are hard-working guys.”
A spokesperson for Uber said they are concerned to hear reports of the hunger strike.
It adds that it continues to believe there is room for its service and the taxi industry to serve the different needs of Torontonians.