Since last July 25, the prohibition of the presence of street vendors in the road corridors of Ramírez, Mariño and Sucre streets, in the center of San Félix, came into effect. Of 136 informal vendors on Sucre Street, in the center of San Félix, so far they have only relocated 36. The workers denounced the charge of $950 for some structures that would be placed in their new positions.
More than a month after the process of relocating informal vendors from the center of San Félix, Bolívar state, which was established by the Informal Economy Directorate of the Municipality of Caronias part of the Beautification Plan for downtown San Félix, there are still street vendors waiting for relocation.
In Ramírez street they have already relocated the local vendors, although a second boulevard for food vendors is being studied. A peddler commented that in other streets the relocation has not been done due to asphalt work.
Those who are still waiting are from Sucre Street. Martha Tisoy, delegated indigenous authority of the street vendors, was one of those arrested on August 19 for opposing the way in which the Mayor’s Office imposed the relocation process. At that time they denounced the charge of 950 dollars for some small structures that would be placed in their new positions.
“After we left we have been from meeting to meeting. Time passes and, supposedly, on Sunday they are going to bring the little houses, but they are for the second boulevard of Ramírez Street. That there is no car, that there are no trucks, there is no material, they have anything to invent. We had to go to the Ombudsman in Caracas, which called the one in San Félix, and we met again 17 days ago and reached an agreement that we were going to be relocated,” Tisoy explained.
However, after 17 days, he added that “only two elderly people had the problem resolved. Of 154 colleagues on Sucre Street, only 36 have been formally relocated.
On the morning of this Friday, October 7, the informal vendors had a meeting with the Informal Economy Directorate. «Today it was the same, they want us to take away the jobs of other co-workers to solve us, all against all, and we are not going to do it. Every day they make fun of our needs,” Martha Tisoy questioned.
Since last July 25, the prohibition of informal activity in the road corridors of Ramírez, Mariño and Sucre streets, in the center of San Félix, came into effect. For this reason, a rearrangement plan was established that, in addition to “beautifying”, seeks to facilitate access to public transport.
The head of Temporary Economy of the Mayor’s Office of Caroní, Degnis Mazo, then explained to Mail of the Caroni that in the extension of Ramírez street with Negro Primero they will relocate the clothing vendors of Ramírez, Sucre and Mariño streets. He estimates that there are about 200 merchants. On Chipía Street, another boulevard was planned to relocate some 35 to 40 food vendors.
With information from Correo del Caroní