Published: 2021-06-02 19:53
Last Updated: 2023-09-29 01:31
The staff of the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM) removed Wednesday, a watermelon stand in Amman, using a bulldozer.
Through social media, Jordanians were outraged, stressing that there are no justifications for the GAM to remove the watermelons in such a way, adding that the sale of the giant fruit is limited to the summer, therefore people can enjoy the popular snack for a short while.
According to the pictures uploaded on social networking sites, a GAM bulldozer appeared to remove the watermelon stand from the road, and also caused damage to the public sidewalk.
In the images, countless watermelons were seen on the streets, crushed and split over, or simply just laying over street dirt.
The deputy director of the city for regions and environment affairs at GAM, Hussam Al-Najdawi, said in statements to Roya that the committee formed by the Mayor of Amman to develop specific concepts, mechanisms and instructions for random selling, will be complete by the end of the month.
He added that the committee is studying several scenarios and proposals to address this dilemma, which has been expanding significantly in recent times, noting that it is expected that foodstuffs sold on the roads under the sun will be dealt with, according to the proposed instructions.
According to him, the foodstuff is not stored and displayed in proper ways that ensure their safety for human consumption.
It was only weeks ago that GAM raised a state of controversy, anger and discontent among the Jordanians through social media, for their method of removal and confiscation of random stalls, amid questions about the fate of the confiscated items, including pet birds.
In footage taken by Roya of the downtown area in Amman in May, GAM teams were seen conducting removal campaigns, using "reckless" methods, as per social media activists.