Greece cops arrest 3 for shooting at protesting Bangladesh labourers

After a two-day manhunt, Greek authorities Friday arrested three strawberry farm foremen accused of shooting and injuring 28 Bangladeshi labourers who were protesting long pay arrears.

The attack, which drew strong condemnation from the government, political parties and labour unions, shocked Greece and highlighted the plight of migrant workers in the financially troubled country where racist crime is on the rise.

Police said the three Greeks were arrested in Amaliada, near Manolada where the shootings took place on Wednesday.

Two of the suspects, aged 39 and 27, were taken into custody at their lawyer's office while the third, aged 21, was stopped during a road check.

They face multiple charges of attempted murder. Police have also arrested the farm owner.

The shootings followed an altercation between the foremen and some 200 workers demanding six months' unpaid wages. Police said the foremen left the scene only to return with two shotguns.

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