We ask for solidarity to street vendors of El Salvador: Violent evictions are taking place against them

9 November 2012

Again the central and municipal governments show little political will to solve socio-economic problems of the vendors, completely forgetting that these persons are working people who have been forced to be in this system by the poor access to decent work, they are elderly people, women, single mothers, young children, who are also part of the state that is violating, repressing, and forbidding the right to work and to life itself.

FENTRAVIG is unconditionally in solidarity with fellow vendor workers of El Salvador, for the violent evictions carried out by the Salvadoran government and municipal authorities, lamenting the use of unreasonable force, and we urge the authorities to respect the lives of this workers, as well as the international human rights commission to ensure compliance to have a job and a decent life. We call national and international organizations of self-employed workers to lift your voice in protest and in solidarity with our fellow Salvadorans self-employed vendors to demand the no violation of human rights and work rights for them. We request an investigation by the actions of the security forces that have attempted to risk the lives of the vendors and ask the government to consciously put in place solving mechanisms and to analyze the problem of unemployment, which pushes the majority of the population to resort to this subsistence work, such as street vending -misnamed Informal Economy.

Enclosed some internet links for you to have an idea of the dimension of the problem of our companions.

Pending eviction.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kzZe0BHmME

Violent evictions should never occur again.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=MWOdaJEjG9Y&NR=1

Sadness and despair.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=t_a3Imvvf3k&NR=1

Desolation in front of violations
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMCLpaQz5Yw

Arbitrary politics and unilateral decisions without consent from people involved.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb3Y1dF42Cs&NR=1&feature=endscreen

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IRAN. Tehran's vendors battle the streets to survive. The Guardian (15 September 2014).

PHILIPPINES. Estrada's tents for Quiapo vendors irk 'legit' traders. The Philippine Daily Inquirer (14 September 2014) by Nathaniel R. Melican and Djan Arell G. Magbanua.

HONG KONG. Architects step in to street vendors row. Bangkok Post (15 September 2014).

GHANA. The Feasibility Of The Ban On Street Food. Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (12 September 2014) by Zephaniah Kwesi Danaa.

USA. Vendy Awards to spotlight and honor city's best street vendors. AM New York (11 September 2014) by Ivan Pereira.

INDONESIA. Vendors adjust to new site at mall. The Jakarta Post (11 September 2014) by Josh Kelety.

ZIMBABWE. A day in the life of a female vendor. The Zimbabwean (10 September 2014) by Sofia Mapuranga.

INDIA. 269 street vendors to get identity cards soon. The Times of India (9 September 2014).

GLOBAL. International Study Finds Inclusive Practices Have Big Impact on Street Vendors and Their Households. PRWeb (9 September 2014). Five-city study from WIEGO examines impact of government policy and practice on street vendors' livelihoods.

INDONESIA. Editorial: Legalizing street vendors. The Jakarta Post (6 September 2014).

INDIA. 'Harassed' vendors want to meet PM. Deccan Herald (8 September 2014).

USA. The Untold Story of Women Vendors in New York. New America Media (8 September 2014).

MYANMAR. Street vendors to clean up their act. Myanmar Times (1 September 2014) by Ei Ei Thu and Myint Kay Thi.

USA. More Angelenos are becoming street vendors amid weak economy. LA Times (6 September 2014) by Tiffany Hsu.

INDIA. Dabbawalas not under ambit of Street Vendors' Act. DNA India (2 September 2014) by Eknath Makne.

StreetNet International

StreetNet International is an alliance of street vendors. It was launched in Durban, South Africa, in November 2002.

Membership-based organizations (unions, co-operatives or associations) directly organizing street vendors, market vendors and/or hawkers among their members, are entitled to affiliate to StreetNet International.

The aim of StreetNet is to promote the exchange of information and ideas on critical issues facing street vendors, market vendors and hawkers (i.e. mobile vendors) and on practical organizing and advocacy strategies