Hawkers in Kolkata

Hawkers stand firm on licence threat

Hawkers remain strongly opposed to proposals that would open the way for their licences to be suspended or revoked, as a consultation period on them draws to an end.

Wednesday, 28 March, 2012, 12:00am

Don't force hawkers off the streets

The chaos of street markets is one of the reasons they are so appealing. Jumbles of stalls stacked high with an eclectic mix of goods, hawkers shouting for attention and crowds of shoppers seeking bargains make them worth preserving.

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Hawkers protest at harsh treatment

Fa Yuen Street's hawkers are finding it hard to make ends meet.

Some say business on the Mong Kok market street is down 70 per cent after they were forced to miss the peak trading period to carry out renovations in line with government rules after a deadly fire in November.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Hawkers upset with licence law

The majority of the city's hawkers oppose a government proposal to revoke licences of those who violate regulations six times within three months, according to a survey.

The Justice and Peace Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese said 94 per cent of the 245 vendors working in five districts interviewed last week were against the plan.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Fa Yuen Street traders to strike today

About 230 hawkers in Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok, last night decided to strike today to oppose 'overly strict' prosecution by hawker control officers since a deadly fire killed nine people last month.

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Hawkers angry at 'ridiculous' treatment

Mong Kok stallholders hit back at hawker control officers yesterday for what they say is overly strict enforcement of regulations in the wake of last week's fire that killed nine people and injured 34.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Hawkers do not care about food hygiene and add to city's pollution problems

People have widely divergent opinions about hawkers selling food. Some say they should not be allowed to sell food on the streets as there are no regulations to protect consumers while others argue they have a right to earn a living. I support the former view.

3 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Hawkers call for the right to sell food

Food vendors on an estate in Tung Chung who are tired of harassment by hawker control officers are hoping the government will give them licences and a designated area for running their businesses.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Hawkers shunted aside for 'progress'

Already squeezed by convenience stores on almost every corner, traditional roadside news-stands are being forced off their decades-old pitches - and in some cases out of business - by red tape and 'urban renewal'.

26 May 2011 - 12:00am


Do not take press freedom for granted

One of Hong Kong's great strengths is the vibrancy of its media.

It is home to around 20 newspapers, numerous free-to-air TV and radio channels, plus a growing array of social media platforms, ensuring Hong Kong people are never far away from the next breaking story.

3 May 2011 - 12:00am

URA plans work in phases to stop market from dying

Redevelopment surrounding the 150-year-old Graham Street market will be undertaken in phases and more incentives will be offered to encourage hawkers to stay on during the reconstruction, the Urban Renewal Authority said yesterday.

26 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

We must keep our hawker heritage alive

Hong Kong's living heritage of street vendors and bazaars will be lost forever unless the city's hawker policy changes from one of squeezing their numbers to managing them properly. Public sentiment on the matter has changed dramatically this year: even the chief executive's policy address referred to plans to preserve street bazaars.

26 Dec 2007 - 12:00am


Should new hawker licences be issued?

I think most hawkers would rather not be doing this kind of work. Given a chance, I am sure they would rather have their own shop, where they could do their business.

17 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Elderly ice cream sellers forced to hang up helmets after taking licking in licence row

Hawkers on motorcycles selling ice cream and drinks will vanish in Kowloon at the end of the year when the last three district vendors retire.

One of them is Lai Hoi-choi, 82, who has been selling ice cream for 56 years.

15 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Hawkers seek more licences to ease poverty

Profits of city's busy markets not reaching remote areas, say activists

Groups of traders have called for hawking licences to be reissued to people on low incomes or without jobs living in remote districts, but not to those who want to start businesses at open markets in Kowloon and on Hong Kong Island.

14 Nov 2007 - 12:00am