Migrant workers shot in pay dispute
Strawberry pickers shot in pay dispute, at least 20 wounded, most from Bangladesh
Two men have been arrested in Greece after foremen for strawberry growers allegedly shot and wounded 27 migrant labourers who were demanding to be paid, police said.
The migrants, mainly from Bangladesh, were hospitalised in the western port of Patras and other areas with gunshot wounds after allegedly being fired upon late on Wednesday by three foremen for the growers in the village of Manolada, one of the main areas of strawberry production in Greece.
One man was arrested as a "moral instigator" of the alleged shootings and another for helping two of the presumed perpetrators to evade arrest, local police said on Thursday.
The migrants had been working in local farms without being paid for the past six months, the police said.
Around 200 of them went to demand their money when they were fired upon.
The government condemned the attack and anti-racist groups were planning a demonstration in the area later in the day.
Government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou said the attack was "inhuman" and "outside Greek morality" and pledged an immediate response by the authorities.
But the Communist-affiliated PAME union noted that the incident was only the latest in a long history of abuse of migrant workers in Greece.
PAME said the workers had been fired upon with shotguns and pistols.
It claimed 33 were hurt, while the police said 27 were wounded, one of them critically.
"Growers and landowners have operated with cover from the government and justice for years, creating a hell-hole with slavery labour conditions," the union said.
"Modern slaves in Manolada work in stifling conditions, pay rent to their exploiters and are lodged in sheds without water and electricity," it said.
In 2008, Manolada had been the focal point of a rare strike by hundreds of migrant workers against near-slavery conditions on the fields.
The treatment of migrants in Greece has long been criticised by domestic and international rights groups, to little avail.
- Register Now
- Bishop soothes Turkish concerns
- Visual Chemistry
- Greece's new cabinet
- Courses for Greek grandparents experiencing family conflict
- Greek Australian scientist may hold obesity key
- Tennis touchdown
- Greek tourism rise outshines global gains
- Greek Australians die in separate road tragedies
- 'Five bodies' at Alexander-era tomb
- A mummy's taste of life and style
- Rest in peace Kostas
- More layoffs than new jobs last month
- PPC considers electricity rate cuts
- Mirabella calls for more women in parliament
- Greek archives now listed online
- No extension will entail a ‘dirty’ exit from the bailout
- Greek Fava with Grilled Squid
- Odum completes PAOK's amazing comeback against AEK
- Samaras casts conservatives as guarantors of country’s European course
- Grexit the only way out of ‘valley of tears,’ says Hans-Werner Sinn
The Spanish premier, who must compete with the increasingly popular anti-austerity party Podemos in Spanish general elections in November, also made an apparent dig at SYRIZA.
Armenian Genocide recognition: FOI request reveals Government's worry over Ankara backlash.
FinMin warns of cash crunch in March, as ‘the money isn’t there’
Next round of applications closes 30 January 2015.
Golden Dawn emerges as third party.
In total 59 stocks enjoyed gains, 37 recorded losses and 25 stayed put.
As an added treat, former Magic Dirt frontwoman Adalita will join J for shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sydney.
While Olympiakos and Panathinaikos secured easy home wins on Monday.
Travel receipts amounted to 13.5 billion euros.
Diplomatic sources explain that Beijing was eager to stress the significance it attributes to Chinese investments implemented and planned in Greece.
Staged in the heart of the City of Melbourne's Greek precinct, the festival is expected to attract close to 10,000 people over the two days.
Her own words come back to haunt her.
A delicious recipe suitable for vegetarians as well.
Samaras is running out of time.
The Jets, who sit second last on the ladder with just one win and eight points from 14 matches, made the announcement on Thursday.
Ex-MP urges Tony Abbott to close the gender gap.
Meanwhile Tuesday, Communist Party secretary general Dimitris Koutsoumbas blew off the latest SYRIZA invite for cooperation.
Andreas Charalambous meets the Karanicolas family.