Lamine Sarr from Senegal, one of the spokespersons for the Popular Union of Street Vendors, and another vendor wait on a subway stairs for police to leave so they can unroll their blankets and resume selling their products. The pressure exerted by the police of Barcelona is such that vendors are practically unable to ply their trade – the same police controls all exits from the metro of the Ramblas so that vendors cannot get out and sell. Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain. March 2nd, 2016.
The City Guard of Barcelona launches a large night raid on the Ramblas, targeting street vendors. Violence exercised in these actions by the police was completely excessive. Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain. October 26th, 2016.
Several street vendors take a break in the gothic quarter of Barcelona. Police control prevents their leaving to continue in another area. Barcelona, Spain. December 20th, 2015.
A street vendor with his blanket full of products waiting in the subway to go out to the street to sell. Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain. March 12th, 2016.
The police raids Barcelona’s Las Ramblas en masse at night to seize street vendors’ merchandise. Vendors use the subway as the only place to stay safe and keep their wares. Seizures, fines, identifications and aggression are day-to-day reality. Barcelona, Spain. October 26th, 2016.
Lamine Sarr is one of the spokespersons for the Popular Union of Street Vendors. He prepares his blanket in Barcelona’s subway to try and sell his counterfeit-brand sneakers in one of the areas of the city most frequented by tourists, where police presence prevents street vending. Barcelona, Spain. March 2nd, 2016.
Summer time in Barcelona is peak season for street sales due to the influx of tourists. In the summer of 2016 vendors found a new place to work with great sales opportunities – the Maremagnum area. But they were supposed to come there at night, after 9.30 p.m., when the port police round up their shifts. This led to a scramble to occupy the best spots. Barcelona, Spain. July 28th, 2016.
Yahya sleeps on the carpet of the dining room at the house of one of the founders of the Popular Trade Union of Street Vendors. The union aims to regulate and decriminalize street vending in Barcelona and works to ensure that the city council clears undocumented immigrants for reemployment. Sant Adri del Bess. Spain, April 2nd, 2016.
A roommate prepares tea for his friends after a meal together. With the vendors away from their families, maintaining a familial atmosphere becomes especially important. Sant Adri del Bess, Spain. April 2nd, 2016.
A group of street vendors migrating to another venue after the police forced them out of the Ramblas. Barcelona, Spain. February 13th, 2016.
A street vendor offers tourists Bara T-shirts. Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain. October 26th, 2016.
The Popular Union of Street Vendors led a demonstration from Plaa Catalunya to Barcelona’s City Council to demand the release of Sidil Moctar, imprisoned since 2016 for an act of justified self-defense in a clash with Barcelona police and sentenced to 5 years of jail time. Barcelona, Spain. November 3rd, 2016.
A group of street vendors passes a check point of the Port Police of Barcelona in the Maremagnum area at 9:30 p.m. In the summer this part of Barcelona is well-traveled by tourists and popular with vendors. Barcelona, Spain. August 8th, 2016.
A street vendor picks up merchandise before going home. Barcelona, Spain. May 17th, 2016.
Some counterfeit shoes on display on a staircase in the subway. Barcelona, Spain. April 13th, 2016.