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.
Violent evictions should never occur again.
Sadness and despair.
Desolation in front of violations
Arbitrary politics and unilateral decisions without consent from people involved.
There is also a portuguese version of the Blog where one can access personal updates on news and events. It can be found on this link: http://streetnetbrasil.wordpress.com/
ZIMBABWE. First Lady`s Empathy On Vendors Misunderstood. All Africa (13 March 2015). She reminded the police officers that some of them had qualified to join the force because their mothers had sent them to school from the proceeds of street vending.
UK. Street traders` petition passes 5,000 mark. Essex County Standard (13 March 2015) by Andrea Collitt. The petition, seeking the right for the street traders to stay where they are, had 5,000 signatures by Wednesday.
SINGAPORE. Year-long SG50 festivities to highlight hawker food, local music. Channel News Asia (12 March 2015). The Minister for Culture, Community and Youth said it is important to celebrate Singapore`s heritage and culture, adding that the idea of a "distinctive Singaporean culture" is still relatively new and evolving.
MEXICO. Tacos are on credit as street vendors in Mexico use apps. The Globe and Mail (12 March 2015) by Patricia Laya. In Mexico city, known for its sprawling street markets, consumers are shunning cash and opting for credit cards they swipe on merchants` smartphones to pay for everything from shoes to tacos.
INDIA. Vendor goods being seized under anti-sabotage measures: HC told. Zee News (8 March 2015). An association for street vendors has alleged before Delhi High Court that goods of roadside sellers were being seized by police as part of its "anti- sabotage measures", which the organisation has dubbed as a "fresh modus operandi" to harass squatters.
INDIA. Asi Permission Awaited For Building Shops. NewsHub (7 March 2015). The Vellore Corporation is waiting for permission from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to go ahead with the construction of shops for street vendors on the old fish market premises on Anna Salai.
AFRICA. Why Africa`s Booming Cities Need More Autonomy in Urban Planning. City Lab (3 March 2015) Sam Sturgis. According to the article, the bond was going to fund a new market hall, where street vendors could sell their goods in a more formal exchange.
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