Migrant Workers Shot in Greece; 28 Wounded After Demanding Pay

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As many as 28 migrant workers working at a strawberry farm in Manolada, Greece were shot because they demanded to get paid, according to reports.

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After six months of unpaid work, the group demanded compensation, only to be fired upon. No fatalities among the Bangladeshi workers were reported.

According to Greek daily Kathimerini, the farm owners have a history in abusing migrants, informing them they were not going to get paid and to get back to work.

Then the strawberry pickers became involved in an argument with three Greek supervisors, one of whom opened fire and injured 28 migrant workers.

The farm owner was arrested but the three supervisors were being sought.

However, the police claim to know the identity of the man who opened fire.

Greece Workers

According to Kathimerini, Manolada has been at the center of cases involving violence against migrants a number of times in recent years.

Last year, two Greek men were arrested for beating a 30-year-old Egyptian, jamming his head in a window of a car door and dragging him for a kilometer.

Back in 2008, workers on farms in New Manolada went on a four-day strike to protest against both their low wages and their poor living conditions.

Several thousand migrant workers (many of them reportedly undocumented) are believed to be employed as strawberry pickers in New Manolada.

In 2008, the government had ordered an inspection to stop the abuse.