Authorities round up Kuta beach peddlers following tourist’s harassment claim

Peddlers and beggars on Kuta Seaside are being rounded up and rehabilitated by authorities, who’re following up on a overseas vacationer’s criticism in a video that went viral final week.

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The Kuta Precinct mentioned that officers have rounded up some 50 beggars — lots of whom promote tissues to vacationers — from final Thursday to Saturday on and round Kuta Seaside. 

Whereas the precinct mentioned that this was a part of a routine operation to keep up public order within the space, it additionally famous that it was a direct response to 1 overseas vacationer’s criticism.

“The beggars bothered a overseas vacationer [in an incident] that went viral a while in the past,” Kuta Precinct Chief Orpa SM Takalapeta mentioned.

Amongst these rounded up have been youngsters who begged for change on site visitors stops. Police say that every one peddlers and beggars will obtain counseling earlier than they’re despatched again to their respective hometowns.

Final week, a brief clip went viral depicting a middle-aged Caucasian lady expressing her common displeasure with Bali based mostly on her expertise with Kuta peddlers, prompting officers to vow to take motion.

“Kuta is the worst. The persons are harassing you whenever you stroll on the seashore. It’s so annoying. I don’t wanna come again to Kuta or to Bali. It’s horrible. It’s actually horrible. I’m so glad I’m going house tomorrow,” she mentioned.

Whereas she didn’t specify whether or not those that bothered her have been peddlers or beggars, it seems authorities are usually not discriminating between the 2 in eradicating Kuta Seaside of what’s finally a minor comfort for privileged vacationers.

Locals peddling items like vogue equipment and massages on Kuta Seaside have been a fixture within the tourism hotspot even earlier than the pandemic. They’re so frequent that they’ve been frequently featured in journey blogs and web sites.

Feedback on the video have been divided, with some labeling the girl a “Karen” whereas others have defended her by saying that seashore peddlers in Bali could be annoyingly persistent.

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