LEPE, Spain — Lamine Diakite has been on the street for two weeks since the Spanish shantytown he was staying in burnt down, one of the 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.
“Our huts have been burnt down leaving more than 200 of us in the street,” said Diakite, a 32-year-old Malian.
“And during the pandemic, that’s a risk for us and for the rest of the population.”
Known for its strawberries, Lepe in southern Spain supplies a large part of the Europ…
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