Tbilisi city hall started dismantle of illegal street stalls, merchants claim that they are deprived of their livelihood.
Tbilisi city hall began to carry out activities in the framework of the fight against street trading – Sunday morning the city started dismantle of illegally established stalls at the square, Marjanishvili, Aghmashenebeli Avenue and adjacent streets in the centre of the Georgian capital.
Together with the services of the city hall in the place mobilized the police. The dismantling of the shelves is carried out on the background of a protest of the merchants, accusing the city authorities that they are left without a livelihood.
“At least pre-warned us that they will demolish our shelves, so we did not purchase the goods, because many of us had taken Bank loans,” – said the TV channel “Rustavi 2” one of the protesters.
According to street torgovtsev, promises the mayor’s office that they will be given space in urban markets for free for several months, is unacceptable, because there in fact everything is already occupied.
Meanwhile, the Code of administrative offences of Georgia, there is a paragraph prohibiting street trading in the territory of Tbilisi without permission. In a message posted Sunday on the website of the Metropolitan municipality, said that the city service of supervision did the repeated warnings of street dealers, but this was not followed by any action on their part.
“This morning the municipality has forbidden merchants to set up stalls near the metro Marjanishvili. To fight illicit trade Avenue Agmashenebeli the city authorities have decided because this area is one of the main tourist and crowded places of the capital”, – stated in the message.
It is noted that, based on the fact that the street trade often gives the opportunity to earn the socially unprotected part of population, merchants were invited to continue working in different markets of Tbilisi, in connection with which the city authorities are negotiating with their Directors to offer these merchants the shelves free for the first few months.
The report said that “the municipality plans to continue activities to combat illegal trade on the streets of the capital in the near future the city will gradually begin to hold similar events in other Central districts of Tbilisi”.
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