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Florida street peddlers go on hunger strike

Street peddlers showed up wearing chains on Florida street on Tuesday.
Street peddlers showed up wearing chains on Florida street on Tuesday.
Street peddlers showed up wearing chains on Florida street on Tuesday.

Four women and a man from the Free Vendors’ Movement Francisco Jofré began a hunger strike to protest the City Government’s recent decision to ban street peddlers from the Florida pedestrian street. 

At the same time, ten salesmen were seen wearing chains on their feet on Florida street, where they laid on the floor while holding wooden black crosses that read “Macri is corrupt,” “Macri don’t send your bullies our way, we’re workers,” and “PRO=Poverty,” among others. 

Julio Pereyra, a spokesperson for the Free Vendors’ Movement said they were “force to go on a hunger strike” because they just don’t have any other option.

“When they took our work away, we blocked the streets in protest until a judge showed up and told us we couldn’t do it anymore. So we continued our protest on Florida st.,” he explained. 

“Then a prosecutor told us we couldn’t play our drums on the street and that if we continued to do so they would seize them, so we put our drums away,” he added.

“That’s why we’re going on a hunger strike. There isn’t a more peaceful protest than a hunger strike. We’re not delinquents, we are workers and we want to work,” he assured. 

Pereyra explained that he expects the City Government to “engange in dialogue” with them.

They plan to remain on strike for an undetermined period of time.

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