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Rangoon Authorities crackdown on roadside vendors again

Rangoon (Mizzima) – Although authorities in Rangoon frequently announce that roadside selling will be banned, many vendors have failed to comply with the regulation, causing municipal police in six townships in Rangoon to crackdown on vendors on Friday.

Groups of municipal police in Latha, Pazuntaung, Botahtaung, Kyauktada, Pabedan and Lanmadaw townships visited several hundred vendors issuing orders to close.

A cluster of roadside vendors who have been told by Rangoon Municipal authorities that they must not crowd pedestrian walkway areas. Photo: MizzimaIn accordance with Rangoon’s municipal law, roadside selling is only allowed after 3 p.m., but the authorities announced on June 3 last year that roadside vendors were totally banned in Rangoon.

Vendors can be sentenced to up to three months in prison and the property in shops can be seized, according to the law.

Many vendor locations were nearly empty on Friday.

There are more than 300 roadside vendors in Kyauktada Township, where vendors are preparing to make a request for market space.

‘At 6 a.m. on Saturday, vendors will gather to issue demands.  But, I don’t know what we can do’, said a vendor on Seikkantha Road.

When former Rangoon Mayor Aung Thein Lin held office, municipal authorities in July announced that roadside selling would be banned and violators would be arrested. In October 2010, the former Rangoon mayor announced again that violators would face detention. Later, the ban could not be enforced.

A municipal police official at the Security Affairs and Disciplinary Department under the Municipal Committee said that the new mayor has instructed officials to remove anything which can disturb passers-by on sidewalks.

Roadside vendors have to pay a tax to the Rangoon Municipality on a daily basis.

Last Updated ( Monday, 06 June 2011 09:22 )  

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