African manteros (literally blanket people, but with the connotation of curbside hawkers) dominate many of the vibrant street markets in Spain, the Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports.
Some municipalities have tried to liberalize hawking laws, but apparently backed down due to opposition from retailers and tourist agencies.
'We do not steal or sell drugs,' a mantero named Abdou told the news agency. 'Whom do we harm?'
Police are due to start raids again in September.