Seafood vendors protest ban on Vung Tau beaches

By Nguyen Long, Thanh Nien News

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The vendors say they protest the ban as they have relied on selling food for years. Photo: Nguyen Long/Thanh Nien The vendors say they protest the ban as they have relied on selling food for years. Photo: Nguyen Long/Thanh Nien

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A campaign by Vung Tau Town’s authorities to remove hawker kiosks and carts on its beaches has been met with strong opposition from local vendors. 
Dozens of street vendors at Thuy Van, a popular beach in the southern town, on Tuesday were seen pulling back wooden cabinets storing seafood when security forces moved them to the shore.
The southern town is enforcing a ban on street vending and drinking and cooking on the beaches. 
The vendors said they protested the ban because it affected their livelihoods. 
The protest prompted Truong Thi Huong, deputy chair of the town’s People’s Committee, to come to the site.
Huong emphasized that the ban aims to clean up the environment and boost tourism. She took the vendors to a nearby market where she asked the management to lease kiosks to them at discounted rates in the first six months.
The vendors agreed to rent the kiosks at the market and promised they will remove their eateries on Thuy Van Beach on Wednesday.
A Vung Tau beach looks better on April 27, 2016 after the city enforces a ban on street vending and drinking and cooking on the beaches. Photo: Nguyen Long

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