Demand Justice for Murdered Farm Workers

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Target: Dean Speilmann, President of the European Court of Human Rights at the Hague

Goal: Demand justice for farm workers murdered for requesting fair compensation

Recently, a Greek court decided to acquit Greek farmers who admitted they shot 28 Bangladeshi strawberry pickers when they demanded work compensation. The verdict is shockingly unjust and exemplifies the problems of racism and political corruption in society.

In 2013, strawberry pickers in Greece demanded to be paid for their six months of work at a farm in Manolada, a village town in southern Peloponnese. In response to reasonable work demands, the employers at the farm shot the strawberry pickers, killing 28 and badly injuring four in the attack.

The strawberry pickers were working under inhumane conditions with no access to adequate hygiene or basic sanitation. In addition to the squalid living conditions they faced, they were denied pay for their hard work.

A lawyer for the victims of the shootings, Moisis Karabeyidis, plans to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights at the Hague. This France-based court, which is part of the Council of Europe, was established in 1959 to rule on violations of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Inhumane treatment of workers is a large problem in the world, especially in politically unstable countries such as Greece. Humans are treating fellow humans as tools for their own use, without regard for their personal rights and needs. Please sign the petition below to urge the European Court of Human Rights at the Hague to take initiative to justify the wrongdoing that the Greek court had committed against the strawberry pickers in this court case, and to compensate the families of those affected by the attack.


Dear President Dean Speilmann,

The verdict of the Greek court in the trial of the strawberry farmers who shot and killed numerous Bangladeshi strawberry pickers was outrageous. Killing others and not being held accountable for their horrendous actions is outright unjust, and something needs to be done about it.

The families of those affected by the shootings suffer enormously, in that they not only lost their loved ones, but must also live with the knowledge that the murderers were not punished for their actions.

I urge you to please take this case, and to give the victims and their families the justice that they deserve for the atrocity that was committed by the murderous farmers.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Leslie Stanick says:

    Isn’t murder a punishable crime in Greece? How is it that foreign workers were treated like slaves, living in squalid conditions, for no pay, and then shot and killed for asking for their wages? Slave labour is illegal! and it is also violent, vicious abuse of human rights. Charge these murderers with slavery, abuse, illegal confinement of workers, and murder. Throw them in the clinker with no bail. FOr the few workers that survived this vicious carnage, please give them huge compensation so they and their families can at least live the rest of their lives in physical comfort. They need a lot of support, emotional, financial and political.

    I am sickened that Greece has not taken immediate steps to care for the survivors and jail the abusers and murderers.

  2. The horrible sub-humans who did this should be hung until their dead! At the very least thrown in ail for the rest of their miserable lives! Lowlife scum!

  3. 28 INJURED, 4 seriously. No deaths. Hopefully a Forcechange typo?

  4. Stan Benton says:

    This from Greece, the birthplace of much of our civilization? This is even worse than what’s going on in
    the American police state these days.

  5. Lauren Goldman says:

    Greece, home to the lovely Golden Dawn.

  6. jill fackenthal says:

    OMG what has happened to our world, to commit this horrid atrocity and not be punished. The farmers who did thus must be held accountable for their crimes otherwise it will send the message that these actions are acceptable. OMG OMG
    I woukd hope that Greece does not have double jeopardy laws so they can be retried and hooefuly found guilty and executed in the same manner as these poor workers or worse.

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