Tuesday, March 1, 2011

'you cannot postpone hunger'

Street hawkers who sell food and other goods at a taxi rank in Rustenburg, South Africa are protesting the demolition of their stalls by the local ANC government, iolnews reports. Local officials told the merchants they could demonstrate at a major ANC meeting in the city stadium, but the memo apparently didn't reach police, who blocked the hawkers when they tried to congregate.

The street traders vented their frustration in placards they mounted on their hastily rebuilt stalls. "We are totally angry," read one placard. Said another, "We are tired."

As one merchant told the news service, they are simply trying to put food on their tables. "You cannot postpone hunger... We are trying to make a living."

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