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People Are Not Happy About Bangkok’s Street Food Ban

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Bangkok is famous for its street food, not only is it affordable—but it’s delicious. Yet authorities in Bangkok have officially banned street food vendors from the capital’s major roads in the interests of “order and hygiene,” resulting in some serious social media outrage. Thousands of vendors are expected to disappear by the end of the year, according to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).

Chawadee Nualkhair, a Bangkok-based street food blogger, said authorities’ previous attempts to remove stalls had failed, reports The Guardian. But it seems authorities are more serious this time. “There will be no let-up in this operation. Every street vendor will have to move out,” Wanlop Suwandee, chief adviser to Bangkok’s governor said in comments reported by the local Nation news portal.

Although there has been some confusion about how exactly the policy will be implemented. The area’s district chief, Boontham Huiprasert, said push-cart vendors who could move around would still be tolerated but larger semi-permanent stalls with seating would have to be removed.“Or if they can find a place to set up their shop without obstructing the sidewalk, such as behind the railing of the Thong Lor police station or some other private building, that would be OK too,” he said.

[via Twitter / The Guardian]

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