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Greece. A strawberry grower and three foremen went on trial in June 2014, charged with grievous bodily harm to 28 Bangladeshis who were injured when they were shot while protesting unpaid wages in April 2013. The 28 injured Bangladeshis were given temporary protection in Greece; another 100 Bangladeshis at the farm are believed to still be in Greece.
Greece's economy shrank by a quarter between 2008 and 2014, and the unemployment rate was 27 percent in spring 2014. Greek public debt is 175 percent of GDP, and is projected to decline slowly under economic reforms that are being guided by the EU and IMF, which praised the Greek government for reducing its workforce (at one point, a quarter of Greeks worked for the government) and improving tax collections. The European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF provided $325 billion in loans to Greece since 2010.
To shrink public employment, 25,000 government workers were put on reduced pay for eight months and fired if they did not find another public sector job during that period. Greek courts have ruled that these terminations of government workers were unlawful, and ordered the government to rehire the fired workers.