At least 11 people had been detained by yesterday as a strike by more than 1,000 taxi drivers in Yueyang city, Hunan province, spiralled into a riot, Xinhua reported. Police said the strike began on Friday, when dozens of drivers parked their taxis in front of the Yueyang municipal government's building, demanding taxi companies reduce the monthly rent they charge cabbies for the cars, Xinhua reported. As more drivers joined the strike, the police said, it went out of control as some 'idlers in society', a term that usually refers to onlookers and the jobless, started smashing taxi windows and even hitting drivers who refused to join the strike. The police did not specify if any of the detainees were taxi drivers. More than 1,600 cabs are owned by 11 companies, with roughly 3,000 drivers employed, according to the Yueyang Municipal City Inspection Bureau. Cabbies reportedly pay a monthly fee ranging from 6,400 yuan (HK$7,300) to 7,100 yuan. Han Jianguo, the vice-mayor of Yueyang, pledged to look into the cabbies' reasonable demands and spare no efforts to restore social order. The municipal government had formed a team to tackle the problem. The report did not say whether the riot had ended.