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Sidon vendors mutilate themselves in protest

A vegetable vendor cuts himself with a knife in protest of municipality's decision to remove the vendors carts in Sidon on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

SIDON, Lebanon: Vegetable vendors in the coastal city of Sidon Tuesday stabbed themselves in another protest against the municipality’s decision to move them to another market.

Tens of vendors gathered on a street in the city and began stabbing themselves with knives, vowing to continue protesting unless the decision is reversed.

Some of the protesters’ wounds were shallow while others were transferred to a nearby hospital for heavy bleeding.

Citing security reasons, Sidon Municipality last year moved the vendors to another market, a move they claim has affected their sales.

“If I don’t return to the street where I used to sell, I will keep stabbing myself,” a vendor, Khodr Ghazali, told The Daily Star during the brief protest.

Earlier this month, police launched a crackdown on illegal vendors in the old Souks and several commercial markets.

 

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