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Once Streets Vendors’ Block Traffic For Second Day In A Row

By | [email protected] | January 11, 2017 10:46am

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For the second day in a row, groups of informal street vendors are blocking traffic this morning at the intersection of Pueyrredón and Mitre, in the neighborhood of Once. They are protesting against the City government’s decision of have police forcefully remove them and their stands from the streets, especially Pueyrredón avenue. Informal vendors in Argentina are better known as manteros. They  get their name from the mats (mantos) they traditionally use to display their wares.

A reduced group of vendors held a partial blockade during the night, but decided to turn it into a full traffic stopping protest at 9:30 AM. It will continue until they learn the results of the meeting their representatives are currently having with City government authorities in an attempt to find a peaceful solution to the problem.

Speaking to press a couple minutes ago, a vendors’ representative assured the media that they requested to be relocated in Plaza Miserere, the neighborhood’s emblematic square. “We want to work, we don’t want to be given anything for free, he said.”