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Protesters demand govt delivers on promise to debate street trading

Street vendors, city planners and academics on Monday called for the government to hold talks by November 10 to find solutions to allow street stalls to remain in the country. They said nearly two months of silence had passed since the government set up a committee on September 10 made up of top government authorities and representatives from the vendors, to reconsider bans on street hawking. “We are confident that the government led by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will deliver the promise that he will not leave anyone behind,” read their statement. The group said they would make a move again if no talks had begun by November 10. The military government’s ultimate plan is to ban street hawkers in all 683 areas of Bangkok. More than 400 areas have already been shut down, affecting about 10,000 hawkers. This is part of the policy to return the pavements, once jammed...

 

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