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Anger over Greek 'blood strawberry' shootings

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Anger over Greek 'blood strawberry' shootings


Protests have erupted in Greece after migrants were shot at over a pay dispute.

Around 200 workers of mostly Bangladeshi origin confronted supervisors over unpaid wages when guns were pulled on them at the Nea Manolada strawberry farm.

This is not the first incident of its kind. Anti-foreign sentiment has risen alongside unemployment in Greece where migrants make up 40 percent of the informal workforce.

Nikos Papageorgiou of the Communist Party’s labour organisation said: “We must stop closing our eyes to this. We must react together to policies that are against workers.”

A ‘Blood Strawberries’ social media campaign has been created. It calls for a boycott on fruit from the Nea Manolada farm.

Five years ago, workers from the same farm staged a strike and there were also reports of attacks.

Currently seven of the 28 wounded are still in hospital.

The owner of the farm has been arrested, but three suspects in the shooting are still at large.

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