kein mensch ist illegal hamburg

"Ihr sollt wissen, daß kein Mensch illegal ist.
Das ist ein Widerspruch in sich. Menschen können schön sein oder noch schöner. Sie können gerecht sein oder ungerecht. Aber illegal? Wie kann ein Mensch illegal sein?"

Elie Wiesel

Donnerstag, 18. April 2013

Manolada Greece: migrant workers shot because they demanded their salaries.

Manolada: Migrant workers shot because they demanded their salaries
Published on April 17, 2013

Manolada strawberry farmers shoot immigrants who demanded 6 months
salaries. More than 20 wounded in hospital.

The immigrant workers had reportedly gathered to demand six-months’
worth of unpaid wages when one of three work supervisors whom they were
negotiating with shot them. About 20-30 of the 200 strawberry pickers
from Bangladesh got injured. Local media reported that four of them are
in a serious health condition. The employer has been arrested and
investigations are going on.

Several thousand migrant workers (many of them reportedly undocumented)
are empoyed as strawberry pickers in the area.

This is not the first time that immigrants in Nea Manolada have
protested against harsh working conditions.

In 2008, immigrant farm workers staged a two-day strike (delaying the
shipments of strawberries by at least a few days) to protest against
harsh working conditions. Their strike exposed slave wage exploitation,
shocking living conditions and prejudice.

The government at the time responded to the strike by ordering labour
inspectors to crack the whip on farmers exploiting migrant workers in
Nea Manolada.

Despite the country’s soaring rate of unemployment, agriculture is
heavily reliant on immigrant labour.

In 2009, two farmers in Manolada, alleged to have tied two Bangladeshi
immigrants to a motorcycle and reportedly dragged them through a central

the press project (in greek) (in greek)
tvxs (in greek)
ekathimerini (in english)
enet (in english)
keeptalkinggreece (in english)

older article (2012) on the exploitative working conditions of the
Manolada strawberry farms (in greek with videos)