The owners of the donkeys that were injured after carrying heavy tourists were criticized for ill-treating the animals. However, not ready to receive the wrath, the owners have beaten up a group of people who were protesting against them.
Pictures of suffered donkeys on the Greek island of Santorini went viral and the animal rights activists claimed that the animals were forced to give rides to overweight tourists.
The members of the group Direct Action Everywhere had planned to protest against the act – but were attacked by a group of owners in the capital Thira. The activists said they were punched, kicked and shoved even before the protest began.Maria Skourta, the leader of the Athens branch of the organisation, said: ‘I have been beaten up before, but never like that.
‘When we reached a point they considered safe, they ran behind us, grabbed our placards and burned them. Then they started hitting us with their walking sticks.
‘The two men of our group were thrown to the ground and got kicked.’
Elisavet Chatzi, another protester, added: ‘There were about 30 men that attacked us – there was just 10 of us campaigners, most of us women.
‘They were hitting us, punching us, kicking us, they even threw our phones and bags over the cliff.
‘My 16-year-old daughter was with me and they even attacked her, she got punched in the face.
‘We also have a member with disabilities that they hit so hard, they dislocated her shoulder – the doctors said she might need an operation.’
According to the activists, the donkeys are forced to work long, exhausting hours in the heat and get very little rest and water. Meanwhile, police are investigating the incident.