CAIRO: Security forces began a campaign Sunday morning to move street vendors at Ramses Square to a neighboring parking lot at Ahmed Hemly bus station, Youm7 reported.
Cairo’s top security chiefs, riot troops backed by military forces along with officials from Cairo governorate were present at the square and the parking lot.
“There are 540 street-vendors at Ramses Square, 97 of which have been granted booths at the Ahmed Helmy parking lot,” Head of the Street Vendors Syndicate Alaa Khairy told Youm7.
He called on the Cairo governor to fulfill his promise and secure the rest of the booths for the other vendors to prevent riots.
After the January 25 Revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011, police presence in many downtown areas was reduced resulting in hundreds of street-vendors and peddlers setting up shops and stands on Cairo’s main streets.
The Cairo governorate adopted a strategy to end the city’s traffic problems through removing road violations, including street vendors who occupy large parts of Cairo streets, on sidewalks and nearby metro stations.
In August 2014, the government relocated most street vendors from the downtown area and near metro stations to the Torgoman Garage.