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article imageAcquittal for farmers who shot 28 migrant workers sparks outrage

By Walter McDaniel     Jul 31, 2014 in World
Athens - Two hundred immigrant farmers asked for their back pay for work in the strawberry fields. Bosses responded by blasting them with illegal firearms, wounding 28 of them. Now those involved are free prompting outrage from Greek and migrant communities.
While one was completely acquitted two men received sentences of 14 years in jail for the incident. According to a report from the Guardian these suspects are also free for the moment while they await their appeal. Strawberry farms in the Peloponnese region of the country were where the incident took place and the trial has played out in nearby courts.
Two foremen and the owner participated in the incident so the outrage is due to the acquittal of one person (the Owner hid them during the investigation) and the fact that others are free awaiting appeal. Courts have found that the incident did happen so there is no need to call them "alleged" shooters. Overseers used Shotguns to blast the large crowd that was asking for payment of back wages in 2013. Many workers suffered serious injuries and needed emergency treatment but survived.
Politicians condemned the decision as well including MP Vassiliki Katrivanou who said that
It sends the message that a foreign worker can die like a dog in the orchard, Katrivanou represents the leftist Syriza party who focus on worker rights as a main part of their platform.
Press institutions such as the Greek Reporter are the first to point out that their country has problems with worker's rights. Human trafficking is another major problem that their press details. For their part Greek authorities promised a "tough stand" on these issues in 2013.
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