StreetNet International Council gives full support to May 31st protest of Sao Paolo street vendors

By StreetNet International
May 28, 2012
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26 May 2012, Bogota

The StreetNet International Council, meeting in Bogota, on May 26th 2012, has been informed that the Municipal Authorities in Sao Paulo Brazil have taken the drastic decision to prohibit street vending.

On Saturday, May 19, Mayor Gilberto Kassab revoked a municipal decree of 1997 that authorized street vending in Sao Paolo. Over 1000 existing licenses issued to vendors have been revoked, and vendors told to vacate the pavements. In October last year, the Municipality sent police to destroy street vendors` stalls in the central district of Sao Paolo and there have been many other recent incidents of police violence and abuse.

There are over 100,000 street vendors in Sao Paolo although the great majority are currently working without licenses.

Street vendors` organisations from all over the city are planning a mass protest on May 31st, together with other workers` organisations, human rights organisations and civil society organisations.  In addition, the Public Attorney and the StreetNet partner in Brazil, the Gaspar Garcia Centre for Human Rights will file a legal suit against this decree.

StreetNet International sends its full solidarity and support to the street vendors` organisations of Sao Paolo and will work together with its partners in Brazil and with WIEGO in order to send a letter of protest to the Brazilian authorities, and other appropriate bodies.

Oscar Roberto Silva President SIVARA
Beauty Mugijima Treasurer ZCIEA
Souley Zeinabou Council Member FENASEIN
Mamadou Fall Council Member SUDEMS
Madeleine Tounkara Council Member CNTG
Fundile Jalile Council Member ECSVA
South Africa
Fandy Clarisse Gnahoui Council Member USYNVEPID
Neupane Narayan Prasad Council Member NEST
Fatoumata Bintou Yafa Council Member CNTS
Patricia Horn International Coordinator STREETNET INTERNATIONAL  
Ester Nabawa Affiliate MUFIS Malawi  
 Matseliso Jacintha Lerotholi Affiliate Khatang Thema
Zada Foumakoye  Affiliate UGSEIN
Jose Manuel Ubisse Affiliate ASSOTSI
Natalia Cera Brea Affiliate UPTA
Solange Hazoume Affiliate SYNAVAMAB
Salvador Lara Diaz   FOTSSIEH
Pedro Luis Ramirez Barbosa Affiliate UGTI Colombia  
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