Vendors complain about CitCo harassment

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Saturday, July 25th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: Street vending is a fact of life in Belize City, as many residents buy from their favorites. At this time of year there is a proliferation of parents selling school books.20150724_122252

Renalsin Augustine has been selling from the steps on Queen Street in front of the Marelco building for the last four years – that is, until this week, when special constables ordered her daughter to pack up and leave to avoid facing charges.

According to Augustine, she is in no one’s way and is just trying to make a living as a single parent.

Augustine says she previously paid $25 but she no longer does as she considers her work a public service that she only does in the summer months from end of school in June to start of school in September.

The area where she sells is not obstructing the flow of traffic and she has permission to sell there. Another vendor affected is Yolanda Montero, who sells newspapers twice a week and has been doing so for some time.

We were not able to reach Mayor Darrell Bradley for comment this evening.

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