|The pre-Christmas scene in San Victorino. Vendors, who are illegaly using public space, spread their wares on plastic sheets, so they can gather them up and flee when police arrive.|
One thing is certain. Street vending provides work and income for many unemployed, low-skilled Colombians, including the millions of people displaced by the armed conflict.
|Storm troopers marching across Plaza San Victorino. That morning, the vendors had staged a demonstration.|
|This food vendor got caught. In the distance, you can see his fleeing companions.|
|Many street vendors are indigenous immigrants from Ecuador, and some called the police sweeps persecution of immigrants.|
|These women used their time for Bible study.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours