Elderly Tam Yuet-ho burst into tears as she petitioned outside the Wan Chai District Council office yesterday. 'I don't know how we are going to make a living if we are forced to leave the street,' she said. A third-generation owner of a stall on Cross Street that her grandmother opened, the 78-year-old seller of candies and biscuits said the business supported her husband and their three children. Shop owners said they could not survive in an indoor market built in the new nearby residential complex because of high rents and fewer visitors to indoor markets. Ms Tam, who pays HK$4,000 a year to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department for occupying the street space, said she would not be able to afford the estimated HK$6,000 a month if she is moved to the market. The market in Cross Street and Tai Yuen Street, which dates back at least 70 years, sells everything from dried food and flowers to clothes and shoes. It has about 150 licensed hawkers, half of whom will have to relocate. In his small stall on Cross Street, silver-haired So Kwong looked bored and sad. The 78-year-old said he had been helping his mother to sell groceries such as eggs and salty fish products to neighbours since childhood. 'Many western tourists take pictures with me. We don't know why the government wants to move us. They haven't considered our livelihood.' Last year Woo Ying, 73, lost his home on Tai Yuen Street to redevelopment. Now he is losing his livelihood. 'I only have a small amount of savings left. If I am asked to leave, I don't know how I can make a living.' Mr Woo started selling underwear from a cloth laid on the street in 1961 - when there were only low-rise houses. 'I feel very sad that we are being forced to move. I have passion with this street and have a lot of friends.'