Monday, August 30, 2010

African markets in Spain

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.

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