A Chinese storeowner, operating on Regent Street, claimed that she was beaten severely by street vendors and then thrown into a gutter last week Monday during a faceoff.
Video footage made available to Kaieteur News showed the storeowner standing defiantly on a wooden pallet, surrounded by angry vendors, when it was yanked from under her, throwing her in the gutter.
The matter has grabbed the attention of the Mayor of Georgetown and the police were called in last week but no one has been charged with the alleged beating. There were several marks on the body of Lin Yun Ping, 26, the proprietor of Baleno’s Fashion. The store is located three buildings west of Camp Street.
Ping, who has been operating the store for two years now, said she has been fighting a battle with vendors, with nothing being done to move them.
“Every time when my containers come, it is a problem. Last week Monday, we placed a few pallets in front of the store when the people there took them and threw them in the drains.”
That was when the problem started. Ping said that shortly after she was surrounded and severely beaten by members of a family who are vending in the area.
“I went to the Mayor and he agreed to do something.”
According to the businesswoman, the Mayor called a meeting next morning with a number of the storeowners and vendors, where it was agreed that the vendors would continue to sell on the pavement area in front of the stores, providing they keep the place clean and move their items when containers are to be unpacked.
However, the matter took another turn yesterday when the businesswoman said she placed a number of pallets immediately in front of her store since she was expecting a container of goods.
City police removed the pallets. Mayor Hamilton Green expressed surprise that the matter was not resolved and said that he will be looking into it today. He was unaware that members of the City Constabulary had removed the pallets placed by the businesswoman yesterday.
Pavement vendors, much to the anger of many storeowners, have been allowed for years now to operate on Georgetown streets, especially on Regent Street, Water Street and Avenue of the Republic.
While there have been many attempts to move them, the situation has remained the same, with the businesses complaining of unfair competition and garbage problems.
Cocaine mule remanded
Dwayne Harry, who is an American citizen, was yesterday remanded to prison after making a court appearance before Magistrate Hazel Octive-Hamilton.
It is alleged that Harry, on Sunday last, had in his possession 6.9 kilos of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking in narcotics.
To the charge, Harry pleaded guilty. He was unrepresented. However after giving his explanation to the court, the magistrate entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.
Police Prosecutor Shellon Daniels made an application for the accused to be remanded to prison, and also for the matter to be transferred to the Providence Magistrate’s Court.
He was remanded and is expected to make his next court appearance on September 7. According to reports, Harry was attempting to board a Caribbean Airlines flight when he was stopped and his luggage was searched by ranks of the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit.
A search revealed that his suitcase had a false bottom, in which a white powdery substance was found. It was later confirmed to be cocaine.
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