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Argentina court orders officials to get Uber service halted

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – A court on Wednesday ordered authorities in Buenos Aires to take steps to suspend Uber’s operation in Argentina’s capital, acting a day after the launch of the popular ride-sharing app.

The local court ordered the mayor’s office to “arbitrate the necessary measures to suspend any activity by the company.”

The ruling came in an appeal by unions representing taxi drivers who say Uber is operating illegally because its drivers don’t pay the same insurance and license fees as cabbies must. They say that allows Uber to charge less than regular taxis, putting their livelihood at risk.

The Buenos Aires mayor’s office has said Uber is not authorized to operate yet because it fails to meet some requirements for transporting passengers.

Uber announced its launch in the Argentine capital Tuesday, setting off protests by cabbies that blocked throughout the city during the afternoon rush hour.

Uber Argentina said on its Twitter account Wednesday that it was operating normally. The company has faced angry protests by taxi drivers in other major cities, including Mexico City and Paris.