Don’t make us drink – Mus­lim labour­ers

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MAN­TUA, Italy: A cam­paign to oblige farm­work­ers, in­clud­ing Mus­lims ob­serv­ing the Ra­madaan fast, to drink wa­ter dur­ing the most tor­rid time of the day, has sparked con­tro­versy in this north­ern Ital­ian city.

The pro­vi­sion is con­tained in a doc­u­ment aimed at safe­guard­ing work­ers’ health, of­fi­cials say. Hun­dreds of labour­ers, many Mus­lim im­mi­grants, are em­ployed to pick veg­eta­bles and fruit in the Po River val­ley.

“No­body can force a per­son to break their fast,” said a Mus­lim spokesman in Man­tua, Ben Man­sour, not­ing that un­der Ital­ian law no one is obliged to drink wa­ter against their will. – Sapa-dpa

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