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London cabbies block traffic in Olympic protest

2012-07-18 04:05:18 GMT2012-07-18 12:05:18(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

London taxi drivers park their cabs on Parliament Square, outside the houses of Parliament as they take part in a protest in reaction to not being allowed to use the Olympic driving lanes in London, Tuesday, …more July 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

London taxi drivers park their cabs on the junction of Whitehall and Parliament Square, as they take part in a protest to jam traffic in reaction to not being allowed to use the Olympic driving lanes in London, Tuesday, July 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Taxi drivers demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament on July 17, 2012 in London, England. The protest was targeted at London 2012 organisers over the ban on taxis being able to use the dedicated Olympic traffic lanes. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Taxi drivers demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament on July 17, 2012 in London, England. The protest was targeted at London 2012 organisers over the ban on taxis being able to use the dedicated Olympic traffic lanes. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Taxi drivers demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament on July 17, 2012 in London, England. The protest was targeted at London 2012 organisers over the ban on taxis being able to use the dedicated Olympic traffic lanes. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

A taxi cab drives past an Olympic lane on a street as the city prepares for the 2012 Summer Olympics, central London, Monday, July 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Hundreds of London taxi drivers have blocked a major intersection in the heart of the city to protest their exclusion from the road lanes dedicated to Olympic traffic.

Drivers in black London cabs blared their horns as they jammed Parliament Square on Tuesday, sending lines of traffic snaking back along surrounding streets.

The cabbies are miffed that they are not allowed into the "Games Lanes" reserved for Olympic athletes, officials and VIPs. The first lane already opened near Heathrow Airport and the rest start two days before the games, which run from July 27 to Aug. 12.

Jonathan Myers of the United Cabbies union says it's "unacceptable" that cabs were not allowed, adding that "this is a working city and we need to get around and do our job."

(Agencies)

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