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Street vendors rail against demolition order

Oct 09. 2015
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By The Nation

Street vendors in Saphan Lek have complained to the National Human Rights Commission over the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration move to shut them down.
NHCR Commissioner Niran Pitakwatchara will invite former Bangkok governor Jamlong Srimuang to seek his opinion on the matter as he had initially allowed the vendors to operate there. 
Street vendors yesterday gathered outside the NHRC office in Bangkok and demanded Niran examine the demolition order aimed at them. 
The order was sent from the Phra Nakhon District Office and the Samphanthawong District Office, with the vendors in Saphan Lek and Saphan Han told to leave the areas within 15 days of September 28. 
The vendors claimed they had legally paid rental fees and the demolition order violated their rights including the right to make a living. 
But the district offices said the order would be enforced, with the electric supply to the areas to be cut first. 
Niran said the NHRC would summon representatives from the BMA and the street vendors. 
The vendors also complained to the Ombudsman’s office.

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