Migrant fruit pickers strike, alleging racist treatment

A series of police raids on the shacks of Pakistani fruit-pickers in the area of Skala in Laconia, in the Peloponnese, has prompted a strike by the laborers, who claim to have suffered racist treatment.

As the strike entered its fifth day on Wednesday, one worker told Kathimerini that they are not only treated badly at their workplace but are chased from local squares. Ioannis Grypiotis, the mayor of Evrotas, where the orange orchards are located, has been accused of racism by some of the workers. He rejected the claims, claiming that the only upheaval has been due to rows between the workers. He added that local residents felt threatened due to the large number of migrants in the area.

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