Taxi drivers in New York City in the US have been on a hunger strike for over 10 days demanding debt relief. On average, the owner-drivers owe 550,000 dollars in loans. 95% of these drivers are immigrants. Over 900 have filed for bankruptcy since the price of the medallion shot up to $1 million in 2014 because of predatory lending and speculation. Since that time, 9 drivers have committed suicide.