LUSAKA, (Xinhua) --
Zambian police on Wednesday fired tear gas to
disperse taxi drivers rioting in the southern city of
Livingstone over government decisions to increase fuel prices
and road charges.
drivers gathered on a busy road in the city's central business
district at around 8:00 a.m. local time, demanding talks with
officials of the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA).
blocked the road with their vehicles, stones and other objects,
and burnt tyres, according to local media.
later arrived and fired tear gas to disperse the crowds.
The taxi drivers complain that increased fuel prices and various
road charges will make their business "unprofitable".
has recently raised the cost of renewing driving licenses and
charges for motor vehicle safety inspection, while the country's
energy regulator, the Energy Regulation Board, has announced an
increase in fuel prices.