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Peddlers to be removed from kraton square Yogyakarta YOGYAKARTA - The southern square (alun-alun kidul) belonging to the kraton in Yogyakarta will slowly be stripped from it's peddlers that are earning a living around the square. Since several days, it is not allowed anymore to set up shop on the pavement, this information was released by the head of a government tidiness service in the city.

Bayu Laksmono told that the police had readied over 100 personnel to ensure the new regulations are enforced. In a joint action with the tidiness service they will point the peddlers on the fact that they have to trade within their continuously shrinking trade zone. Earlier, information about these changes was already spread by the Kraton neighborhood.

On the other hand, traders are now venting critic. Many peddlers feel intimidated by the large show of force by the police and the services. "My friends complain that they can not trade like they used to do, and they also didn't receive any information about these actions," told Jho Jho Wakijo, one of the traders.

However the city government has told that the area needs to be improved to get rid of the bad image, traders now come up with the argument that they should have been informed from the very start that trading is now allowed here. He added that the traders had received three warnings recently though.

The square, in the heart of the city, is one of the biggest tourist attractions of the city. A decade ago the area was still green with some peddlers. Now this square has turned into a dusty and sandy parking spade with hundreds of peddlers in the direct environment. It is understandable that the city government wants to change this. Whether removing peddlers is a good start, seems to be doubtful.


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Posted in Economy @ 13 February 2010 01:19 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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