By Dante Kotsinas, Institute for Cultural Diplomacy. In Manolada, Greece, it seems that for years local landowners have been exploiting foreign land laborers, while authorities have consistently failed – or have not had the will- to address these human rights violations.
Yesterday, 200 migrant workers, most of them coming from Bangladesh and Pakistan, demanded their salaries of the last six months which they had not yet received. Following an intense quarrel between the laborers and field supervisors, the foremen decided to respond with guns and bullets!
Eight workers have been heavily injured while about 20 suffer lighter injuries. The perpetrators have not yet been arrested since they have fled away and their whereabouts remain unknown.
In what sounds like a feeble and ridiculous announcement (if you are a Greek and know a few things about the current situation), the Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection commented:
“In today’s Hellenic Republic, the economic exploitation of hundreds or thousands of our fellow citizens cannot be tolerated. Nor can we accept them living in unacceptable conditions. Let alone, them being attempted to be murdered.”
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