Street vendors in the capital of Rio de Janeiro and supporters of the category will march this Thursday (24), with a concentration at 8 am, in Candelária, downtown Rio de Janeiro, and will continue to Cinelândia. The objective is to protest against the removal of street vendors from the city center and to take a stand against the weapons of the Municipal Guard.
The Street Vendors March for the Right to Work, organized by the United Movement of Street Vendors (Muca), will also be on the streets “for the right to organized occupation of public spaces, for fulfilling the promise to relocate street vendors removed from their workplaces, against social hygiene project that favors those who can pay for residences and invest in formal commerce and for the maintenance of dialogue between the category and the City Hall”.
Muca says that during the 2020 election campaign, then-candidate and now mayor Eduardo Paes (PSD) promised to dialogue with street vendors, but has not fulfilled the agreement so far. For the movement, Paes “insists on keeping the Municipal Department of Public Order and the Municipal Guard in a truculent persecution against informal workers, irregularly seizing the goods”.
The march should count on the participation of street vendors, city parliamentarians and social movements that support the cause. Muca’s coordinator, Maria de Lurdes do Carmo, known as Maria dos Camelôs, criticized Rio’s secretary of urban planning, Washington Fajardo, for whom, according to her, the objective is to remove the poor from the center to make way for investments by construction companies.
“We already know the mayor’s ‘shock of order’. When the street vendors in the Central Building region were removed, the City Hall promised a more organized settlement in Largo da Carioca. But the agreement became words in the wind. expanding our expulsion. Let’s not shut up!”, said the coordinator of Muca.
Source: BdF Rio de Janeiro
Editing: Eduardo Miranda