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Clean sweep for Cairo's street vendors

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 00:58

June 19 - A campaign led by the Cairo governor aimed at creating a 'new look' for the Egyptian capital has upset its street vendors. Hayley Platt reports.

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They're part of the furniture in Egypt's capital. Street traders have been selling their wares for generations. Not any more - they're being forced to shut up shop by a city governor who wants to smarten up the centre of Cairo. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) CAIRO GOVERNOR, GALAL MOSTAFA, SAYING: "Cairo needs to emerge with a new look that is in synch with the new phase and this is what we are trying to do right now." Some of the traders cause traffic problems and others aren't licensed. But the market provides work for many of Cairo's poor and some from further afield. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) STREET VENDOR, ABBASS ALY, SAYING: "We came from the north to make money to feed our families. Where will we go now? Provide a place and we will get out of here." Tackling unemployment is one of the new government's top priorities. But that involves giving Cairo a new look. Calls for permanent market sites are being made. But that will involve new legislation and take time - something many traders may not have.

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Clean sweep for Cairo's street vendors

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 00:58