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Farmers' blockades continue in the coming days

27 January 2016 / 20:01:00  GRReporter
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The Greek farmers respected today the decision taken yesterday to continue with roadblocks. Although they have failed to take a unanimous decision on coordinating the protest actions, all have agreed that they will continue to stop the traffic on the roads and at border crossings because, in their words, their problems are worsening.

At twelve o’clock farmers from the region of Serres blocked the Promachonas border checkpoint and it is not yet clear when it will become possible for vehicles to move to and from it. According to the Greek media, the Bulgarian TIR drivers became nervous for having to wait for a long time and the result of their reaction was a conflict with farmers. The police had to intervene to appease the spirits. All the way from the border to Thessaloniki, traffic is interrupted from 12:00 to 02:00 pm and from 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm.

Blockades are continuing across northern Greece, as well as on the Egnatia highway and at the border crossings with Bulgaria to Drama, Macedonia and Albania.

During the mid-afternoon, from 12:00 to 03:00 pm, farmers from the region of Larissa and the surrounding areas stop the traffic through the Tembi pass, dividing Greece into two.

It is expected that their protests will continue for an indefinite period of time since they will not negotiate with the government if it does not withdraw the controversial bill, as they say. Tomorrow at 03:00 pm, farmers will protest in Thessaloniki during the opening of the Agrotica trade show for agricultural machinery and equipment. It will be attended by Minister of Agricultural Development Evangelos Apostolou, who just a week ago ‘received’ the wrath of farmers in Komotini.

Tillers too are on a 48-hour strike against the pension reform and taxation of farmers, selling their produce in the open markets. Today some of them arrived at the market in the Athens district of Kolonos and gave away fruit and vegetables.

Photos: Pantelis Saitas

There was such a great interest on the part of citizens that the giveaway action began 15 minutes earlier than scheduled, as reported by the Greek media. The quantities delivered were given away within 20 minutes.

Tags: SocietyFarmer protestsRoadblocksBorder crossingPromachonas
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