Thursday, October 06, 2005

Institutionalizing poverty

14,000 arrested in new purge on street vending

Zimbabwean police have arrested more than 14,000
people in Harare in the past two weeks and
charged them with illegal street vending and
foreign currency dealings, according to the state
newspaper the Herald. They were fined and their
goods seized.

Police are enforcing an urban clearance campaign
in which 46,000 street traders have been detained
and the homes of an estimated 700,000 people

With unemployment at more than 70% and aid
workers reporting a rise in malnutrition in
cities, many people have resorted to street
vending to feed their families.

Rampaging zombies.


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