Fruit pickers ditch Spain as virus spreads

Seasonal workers camp in front of the town hall of Lepe, near Huelva, during a protest against their precarious living conditions in Spain. – AFP pic, August 1, 2020.

LAMINE Diakite has been on the street for two weeks since the Spanish shantytown he was staying in burnt down, one of hundreds of fruit pickers abandoned as coronavirus cases soar.

To protest at their situation, he and dozens of other African workers have taken their mattresses and are sleeping in a square outside the town hall in Lepe, near the Portuguese border.

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