B92 is reporting the following:
Around 200 strawberry pickers from Bangladesh went on strike, demanding their
six months’ unpaid wages and then clashed with three Greek foremen, ANA news
agency has reported.
One of the foremen fired shots at the workers and wounded 27 of them, the
Greek police have said.
The site owner was arrested and the police are
still looking for the three foremen. Two men were arrested on Thursday afternoon
on suspicion of taking part in the incident.
One of the men is suspected
of inciting the foremen to shoot the Bangladeshi workers and the other is
suspected of helping them avoid arrest after the shooting, the local police have
The wounded workers were taken to a nearby hospital. Five of
them suffered serious injuries.
The strawberry plantation owner owes
between EUR 750 and EUR 1,000 to each worker and a total amount is around EUR
The migrant workers in strawberry plantations in the area
usually work day and night, they are poorly paid and often threatened with
firearms. The employers usually take a certain amount of their wage for housing
Strawberries are exported at very favorable prices thanks
to “slave labor of migrant workers that local authorities tolerate”, Greek media