Hundreds of hawkers, who were evicted from footpaths around four months ago, staged demonstration on the streets at Gulistan in the capital on Tuesday, demanding that they should be allowed to run their business on the walkways.
They gathered at the zero point of Gulistan, causing serious traffic congestion in the area.Police said the hawkers sat in front of Nagar Bhaban, the headquarters of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) and blocked the North South road later.
Afterwards, the protesters spilled onto the roads in the adjoining areas at around 1:00pm.
Their demonstration halted traffic in Paltan, Phulbaria, Gulistan and Motijheel, causing serious traffic congestion there.
Shahbagh Police Station Inspector (patrol) Abul Bashar said that the hawkers blocked all the roads around Gulistan’s Golap Shah Mazar.
“We have not been able to do business on the footpaths of Bangabandhu Avenue for the last four months. We have been forced to sit idle. As a result, we are suffering serious financial hardship,” said hawker Rubel.
“The mayor was supposed to announce his decision today whether to allow us to run our businesses on footpaths. But we did not find him (Sayeed Khokon) in his office. So we took to the streets,” he said.