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Stavanger taxi rapes lead to protest action. Single women urged to be cautious. “I would rather have been head of police in a town that doesn’t have this problem,” Henry Ove Berg, head of Stavanger’s police station tells TV2. A convoy comprising approximately 100 taxis and police vehicles drove through the centre of Stavanger late on Friday night, to show their unity against the recent spate of attacks on young women by taxi drivers. Five drivers have recently been charged with assault, rape, or attempted rape.

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Stavanger taxi rapes lead to protest action

Published on Monday, 16th November, 2009 at 08:30 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 16th November 2009 at 11:36.

Single women urged to be cautious.

A taxi sign
A taxi sign
Photo: Michael Sandelson


Demonstration

“I would rather have been head of police in a town that doesn’t have this problem,” Henry Ove Berg, head of Stavanger’s police station tells TV2.

A convoy comprising approximately 100 taxis and police vehicles drove through the centre of Stavanger late on Friday night, to show their unity against the recent spate of attacks on young women by taxi drivers. Five drivers have recently been charged with assault, rape, or attempted rape.

“This demonstration shows that there are many people who are willing to create a safe society. A demonstration alone is worth nothing, but the fact that we stand together is invaluable,” Berg tells NRK.

Protest

However, tensions between the police and taxi drivers have been raised after they advised young women not to take taxis home alone, leading to warnings from several drivers that they were willing to leave their cars in the middle of the Saturday night rush in protest.

One of the taxi drivers who took part in the action tells NRK that although he’s pleased that police are showing willingness to cooperate with the taxi business, he’s still waiting for an apology from them.

“I’m a professional driver who takes his job very seriously,” says a taxi driver called Ali.

Public transport

But despite this, it looks as though Stavanger’s young women are heeding police advice. Girls on their way home on Saturday night realised that taking a taxi was the last option.

“Luckily I’m going home now and there are still buses running,” Mari Aasland tells TV2.

Six cases of rape by assailants on duty working in Stavanger Taxi have been reported since 2008



Published on Monday, 16th November, 2009 at 08:30 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 16th November 2009 at 11:36.

This post has the following tags: stavanger, taxi, rapes, police, warning, advice, young, women, protests, demonstration.





  
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