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Portrayal four asphyxiated Lithuanian migrant workers in a cartoon published by British daily The Independent has been met with public anger in Lithuania and the UK Lithuanian community.

The drawing published in the August 13 issue of the newspaper shows a plastic Tesco package of human bodies.

Labels on the packaging read: «Migrant Workers, Cheap Labour Value Pack, Produce of Eastern Europe, 2 for the price of 1» as well as «Every Lithuanian Helps, » a pun on Tesco’s slogan ‘Every Little Helps.»

According to Lithuania Tribune, Lithuanian Ambassador to the UK Asta Skaisgirytė Liauškienė has wrote a letter to the newspaper, condemning the publication. The letter reads: «Your newspaper published a cartoon of four asphyxiated Lithuanian men. I regret to see that [your daily] could ever publish such a despicable, tasteless, racist and xenophobic cartoon».

Deputy editor of The Independent has apologised and expressed a view that the cartoon was not criticism of Lithuania, Lithuanians or economic migrants.

British companies such as Tesco have been criticised for favouring workers from overseas, particularly Eastern European nations such as Lithuania and Poland, who are willing to work for smaller wages than their British counterparts.

Employers have nevertheless rejected the suggestion that they should change their recruitment policies to favour British workers.

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