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HRD Attack

18 Jun 2021

Adil Belakhdim - Si Cobas

Incident date
18 Jun 2021
Date accuracy
All Correct
Adil Belakhdim
Si Cobas
Target: Individual
Location of Incident: Italy
Lidl Germany Retail, Supermarkets & grocery Company Response
Other actors


Adil Belakhdim, trade unionist of the workers group Si Cobas, was killed in northern Italy when a truck broke through a picket line outside a supermarket warehouse facility and struck him. About 20 people who work in logistics for the international supermarket chain Lidl were protesting outside the facility when a truck driver trying to leave the facility drove through a line of picketers blocking a gate, reportedly despite orders to stop. Lidl Italia issued a statement expressing condolences to Belakhdim’s family. It said the truck involved was from a third-party supplier and not one of Lidl’s vehicles. News reports note how the company's refusal to allow for protected spaces to protest, as well as the general opposition to peaceful protests, contributed to the deadly incident, and that attacking strikers is common practice.