Hard-hit vendors plead for help
Vendors affected by the political crisis want all sides to compromise and solve problems, which they say people like them did not start.
The food hawkers and street vendors around the Energy Ministry have complained that their income has slowed to a trickle since the compound came under siege by anti-government protesters two weeks ago.
The ministry is within walking distance of the nearest People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) protest site at Lat Phrao intersection.
Smoothies vendor Saeng-ngern Pongchuen, 37, said money was short. She has not made a single baht during the occupation of the intersection. "I don't understand this.
StreetNet International and its Mission with South Korean Affiliate - KOSC (Korean Street Vendors Confederation)
On 12-17 January StreetNet delegates embarked on a trip to South Korea. Oksana Abboud, StreetNet Organiser for Europe and Asia and Sibailly Maximillien Douhoure, StreetNet Organiser for Africa/Educator had a successful visit to KOSC. They were sent to South Korea to improve communications between StreetNet and South Korean Affiliate KOSC (Korean Street Vendors Confederation) as well as to discuss the Policy Workshop for South Korean Affiliates, which is foreseen in the framework of the FLOW Project.
Traders threaten chaos over vendor`s killing
South Africa (Pretoria)- Hawkers in the city centre have given the City of Tshwane until Friday to meet their demands or they will make the city “ungovernable”.
This threat comes almost a week after one of their own, 20-year-old fruit vendor Foster Rivambo, from Saulsville, was shot on Bosman Street, allegedly by Tshwane Metro Police officers.During a press briefing by the ANC Youth League, the Tshwane Barekisi Forum and the South African Informal Traders Forum on Monday at the Burgers Park Hotel, the hawkers’ leadership outlined their demands and condemned the “evil acts” of the Metro Police.
“We demand… that the City of Tshwane stop defending the man in blue who is not worthy of upholding the law. The City of Tshwane must take full responsibility for this heinous murder,” said Tshwane Barekisi Forum chairman Shoes Maloka.
Police crack down on street vendors in DR Congo
Authorities in Kinshasa have launched a crackdown on street vendors who sell their wares along the capital's avenues. Though this was presented as a "pedagogical" operation, police ended up destroying and burning stalls on Wednesday morning. One of our Observers filmed them in action.
Launched on December 11, this operation is part of a citywide cleanup effort meant to make the capital more attractive. The goal is to get rid of all the street markets where unlicensed vendors have set up shop. The authorities have said that they plan to replace these markets with green spaces.