Police plan major sweep of city sidewalk vendors

Police agencies were poised earlier today to sweep down on Avenida Central and Avenida Cuatro in San José at 7 a.m. in an effort to eliminate sidewalk vendors.

The Fuerza Pública said that its officers would be working under a court decision that ordered the sweep. The decision also was against the Ministerio de Salud and the Municipalidad de San José.

Other agencies will be involved, too, although the Fuerza Pública was the only one to announce plans.

Sidewalk sellers frequently block passage, and nearly all pay no taxes. However, they have been aggressive in defending their turf in the past and have battled municipal police.

Officers said they also would look elsewhere for street vendors. Municipal officers confiscate goods when they clear an area of street vendors.

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