ST. PAUL (AP) -- Somali cabdrivers said they will stage a one-day walkout in Minneapolis, but not at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, to honor two cabbies who were fatally shot in the past month and to draw attention to their security concerns.
More than 40 cabdrivers met Sunday at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul and agreed to park their cabs for 24 hours Aug. 18. They said they plan to ask non-Somali drivers to do the same. There are hundreds of cabdrivers in Minneapolis.
The walkout will also not affect cab service in St. Paul, they said.
They also announced a fund-raiser planned for Aug. 16 to help the families of Ahmed Ahmed and Mohamed Salah. Ahmed, 38, was killed July 10. Salah, 28, was fatally shot Friday. Both were driving in Minneapolis.
Meeting organizer Omar Jamal, executive director of the Somali Justice Advocacy Center, said details of the walkout will be announced at a cabdriver's rally Saturday in Minneapolis.
During the two-hour meeting, cabbies also said they intended to drive their cabs in a procession to Gov. Tim Pawlenty's office at the State Capitol in hopes of meeting with him.
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