CAIRO: The newly displaced street vendors in Helwan district, south of Cairo, slammed their new relocation that lacks toilet facilities.
In a magnified police campaign Thursday, a total of 3,000 vendors were removed from center of Helwan and were relocated near metro station in Toshka and Ein Helwan neighborhoods.
On arriving at the new site, only 1,160 of the vendors received their booths, according to Youm7.
Ahmed el-Sayed, one of the relocated vendors, told Youm7 that the governorate promised them the new site will have all what they need, but, “we do not have even a water faucet.”
“The governorate treats us like we are not human beings,” Sayed added.
Another vendor, Ali el-Assiouty, said that one of the reasons that encouraged him to relocate was a governorate promise that there would be an exit for the metro near the market, however the exit has not yet opened.
Helwan’s vendors are not the first relocated vendors to lament their new location since a crackdown began in Cairo in August 2014, under which dozens were removed.
In 2014, the displaced vendors were relocated to the Torgoman Garage; however many of them complain the new booths are “far from the pedestrian flow.”
In August 2015, the Giza governorate followed Cairo’s footsteps and began displacing street vendors.
The government has stated that the main aim of the crackdown is to restore order and end traffic congestion that prevails in Egypt’s streets, often near metro stations.