Update 12 September: An express trial has resulted in a sentence of eight months in prison for the street vendor who attacked a policeman in Los Cristianos last weekend. He will also have to pay compensation of €400 for the assault and death threats made to the officer.
Original post 10 September: A 33-year-old Senegalese was arrested on Saturday after attacking a Los Cristianos policía local officer who stopped him as he was selling sunglasses. The police say that their attention to street vendors has been greatly increased over the last few weeks, the result not only of the long overdue fulfillment of political promises in Arona, but also after pressure from businesses in the area who claim a loss of 30% trade to such illegal trading.
Víctor Sánchez, president of the Asociación de Empresarios de Playa de Las Américas y Costa Adeje (Aepaca), said that the street sellers usually flee towards Las Américas from the Adeje coastline because of the firmer stance taken in that municipality. Sr Sánchez said that businesses complain too that the street vendors even enter shops to try to tempt customers away from legitimate businesses. Police say that they will continue to clamp down on the activity, and this attack surely won’t soften their attitudes.