Blind vendors scuffle with Mexico City police

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Posted: Apr 16, 2015 6:29 PM

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Blind vendors angry about having their stalls removed from a downtown Mexico City subway station this week clashed with police outside city hall Thursday.

Authorities said two of the estimated 150 vendors and 13 police officers suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

The city government had said five protesters were injured, but later lowered the number of injured vendors and reported police injuries.

Vendors are angry about a campaign to clean up the subway station's hallways by clearing out long-tolerated vendors' stands. Subway authorities said the cleanup was needed to make room for passengers to walk.

Protesters marched from the station to city hall, but were prevented from entering by a line of police with plastic shields. Scuffling broke out when vendors banged on the shields and tried to push officers out of the way in a failed bid to get inside.

The city said in a press statement that it "prefers to use constructive and respectful dialogue, without violence, and remains in contact with the protesters."