Cairo governor starts procedures to move street vendors to Turguman
Security forces campagin on street vendors - YOUM7/Maher Iskandar

CAIRO: The Ministry of Interior along with the governor of Cairo started Sunday morning procedures as part of an expanded campaign to move street vendors into the Turguman garage in Downtown Cairo, Youm7 reported.

Gen. Ali Al-Demerdash, the interior minister’s assistant, said in statements that all executive bodies in the governorate are working hard to accommodate the vendors to their places inside the garage, as it is considered the first time the state tries to regulate the situation of the vendors and provide them and their families with decent work conditions.

“This procedure keeps the vendors away from the security pursuits they used to face before, besides, we are saving the state from their negative effects on the streets,” Al-Demerdash said.

This campaign, according to Youm7, is going to be executed in the Downtown area, the Opera Square, Esaaf square in front of the Turguman garage and in others streets in the Cairo governorate. As they are willing to apply the law “firmly”, taking precautions to any attempts of rioting.

Cairo residents have called for moving street vendors who set tents to expand their existence especially in the Downtown area after the January 25 revolution, which bothered people for many reasons including closing streets in front of cars and harassing women.

Campaigns to remove street vendors were launched by the government directly after president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi came to power, which was met with anger from the vendors.

Previous statements were released by the ministry concerning the move, however, no actions were taken until Sunday Morning, as Cairo Governor Galal al-Saeed  told Al-Watan newspaper last July that street vendor will be moved to Turguman garage within days, which has the capacity for more than 1,100 vendors.

Al-Dostor reported Sunday that the vendors crowding in front of the garage will turn this area to a “huge market”, in which suitable places will be found for them.

“The vendors who refuse to move to the market won’t be forced to do so, but at the same time we won’t accept their existence anymore in the streets, as security forces will deal with them according to the law.” Gen. Mohamed Ayman, Cairo governor deputy told MENA Sunday.

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