New York. – Maria, a Hispanic woman, was arrested in New York on April 29 for selling unlicensed fruit at the Broadway Junction subway station, sparking outrage.
In a video circulating on Twitter, you can see how Ecuadorian immigrant Maria Falcón was arrested and handcuffed by New York police officers, who devoted 10 years to selling mangoes, kiwis and other fruits in that subway station. Have given.
“I was feeling very sad and scared,” she told Bauman in Spanish. “I’ve been selling for a long time. I’ve tried to find other jobs, but I’m turned down because of my age. We’re not hurting anyone. All we need is a permit to do our job legally.” is required,” said the 43-year-old.
Faced with this humiliating situation, protestors did not wait on the network and criticized Mayor Eric Adams for supporting the arrest and excessive surveillance of the city’s street vendors.
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“No person should be handcuffed and humiliated for selling fresh fruit to support their family,” the Street Vendor Project, an advocacy group of thousands of local vendors, said in a statement after the incident.
On the other hand, when asked about the incident at a news conference on Monday, Adams said New Yorkers “should follow the rules” and that according to the New Yorker, food sold without a permit has prevented people from getting sick. expressed concern about York Times.
“The next day, there are propane tanks in the underground system,” Adams said. “The next day, it’s a barbecue in the subway. You just can’t do that,” Meyer was quoted by the Eater outlet.
While City Council President Adrienne Adams tweeted, “We must provide economic opportunity to New Yorkers who want it, not criminalize them or push them into the justice system.”
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The NYPD said the Falcon had received another citation several weeks ago, after transit officials warned him several times that public vending on the transit system was illegal, as reported by CBS News.
Hispanic woman arrested for selling fruit in New York