Taxi Drivers Join Pandemic-Stricken Workers in NYC Bridge Protests

Taxi drivers joined protesters in demonstrations on the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges in New York City on March 5, reports said.

Local media reported that the demonstration included a “coalition of workers demanding pandemic relief.” The New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) said the demonstration was for undocumented workers, who have been excluded from unemployment benefits and stimulus payments during the pandemic.

The NYTWA said New York City’s cab drivers “stand in solidarity” with workers struggling through the pandemic.

This footage from the NYTWA shows yellow cabs along the Manhattan Bridge near a throng of protesters. The alliance also released video of taxi drivers and protesters stopped along the Brooklyn Bridge.

The demonstration closed lanes on both the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges, according to reports. Credit: @NYTWA via Storyful