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
- Greek names popular in Victoria
- Measles outbreak in Brunswick
- Greek-Australian-Brazilian-Lebanese boy calls London home
- They are the Eaters
- Aiming for the stars
- CBA under fire for alleged $76m fraud
- A world of Greek-made products
- People power topples twin towers
- Insomnia a cause of depression
- Historic agreement
- Most popular child's name in Europe and the USA is Greek
- 'Miraculous' icon returned to Red Hill
- Two teens dead after car hurtles off bridge
- An open letter to the minister for health in Greece
- One click away from speaking Greek
- The miracle of learning Greek
- Olympia goes to Tinseltown
- Generous Greece
- Prince Harry and Princess Maria-Olympia an item?
- ABBA reunion over Greek food
Taking place on Sunday 6 March.
Scientists discover women who experience significant stressors in mid-life are at greater risk of developing dementia.
Sts Anargiri Greek Language Centre is one of only a handful of schools throughout Victoria offering Classical Greek as a VCE subject.
Gain an insight into the little-known events behind the removal of the treasured ancient Greek artefacts.
Suiting Victoria's gentlemen since 1995.
Volunteer returns to Melbourne with harrowing account of asylum seeker deaths.
Try this hearty and wholesome classic Greek dish, with a gluten free twist by Helen Tzouganatos from her food blog Hungry & Fussy.
As the new school year commences, thousands of children in our community prepare for Greek school.
Over 60,000 Greek companies have requested to move to the neighbouring country since the capital controls.
A female name of Greek origin has ranked number one across nine countries.
An exciting spectacle for the fans on Friday evening.
This Greek Australian jeweller makes gold out of a sandpit.
Leader of Greek church at Ground Zero dies at 86.
Arrowsmith Program to be introduced in 2016.
The New Democracy president pins his hopes on diasporans.
The school is continually achieving and is an active part of the local community.
The prestigious gathering was well attended, with a number of interstate guests and dignitaries.
Victorian war veteran and RSL legend passes away.