5 Vietnamese arrested in Swedish berry revolt

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 11, 2010 19:11



Five Vietnamese workers hired to pick berries in Sweden have been arrested for allegedly assaulting and locking up their supervisors in a dispute over pay.


It was the most serious in a string of labor squabbles involving Asian berry pickers who say they have been lured to Sweden on false premises.




Police in Dalarna province say the men were detained Tuesday on suspicion of assault, kidnapping and illegal threats.




Each summer, thousands of Asian workers come to Sweden to pick berries in the forested north — low-paying work shunned by most local residents.



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