Will the authorities tolerate street hawkers?
You may already be aware that a few months ago, the authorities prohibited the street hawkers (aka “Marchands lor simé“) to operate some areas in Port Louis, more exactly along ex-Desforges street. However, both parties came to an agreement which enabled these hawkers to work during the month of december 2009 till 10th January 2010 (if am not mistaken).
While listening to the radio, I heard that these same persons are announcing that they will NOT move away after the expiry of the agreement because the construction ofÂ “Pont de Paris” is not over yet. This area will be some sort of hawker’s market where the latters will be able to operate legally…
For the benefits of all (mostly street hawkers and for the sake of the forthcoming elections), I think that the authorities will try to negociate for some agreement. The next months will be crucial and the actual government will be the “Yes Man” just to please everyone.
Another recent example : No increase in price of petrol (Jan 2010). I am sure that there will be much more examples to quote, but I will keep that for another post.