Tuesday, August 4, 2009

venice: hawkers face arrest

A food fight between the center-left city government and the right wing, quasi Fascist provincial government has caught street hawkers in Venice in a bind. The local government of the famed city of canals has traditionally been lenient towards street selling. But the state government has now placed 100 soldiers on the city streets to round up hawkers, who mostly sell to tourists. The right-wingers say the hawkers have become more "aggressive, angry and menacing" and are dealing in many counterfeit designer bags. Adnkronos has details.

There has to be a better way than simply criminalizing street hawking.

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