Cairo clears Street Vendors in Ramses Downtown

Egypt starts this morning removing street vendors from downtown Ramses Square to Ahmed Helmy area in cooperation with Cairo Security Directorate and Central military region.

Cairo governor Galal Saeed, the security director as well as military officers oversaw the evacuation process on Sunday in which tractor loaders removed the vendors’ shacks.

Street vendors are a common sight on Egyptian streets, especially in busy areas such as downtown Cairo where they overcrowd pavements.

The government has been trying to reduce traffic congestion in downtown Cairo as well as renovate the area.

In August 2014, the government moved hundreds of street vendors from downtown to Torgoman parking lot near Ramses. The vendors later complained of a decline in business as less buyers pass by their new market.