Greek farmers, worker unions, physicians rally against pension reform

The Greek government’s plans for pension reforms, the high taxation of farmers but also of self-employed (physicians, lawyers and others) brought thousands of farmers (along with their tractors) into the streets and they threaten to “cut” Greece in two, by blocking main routes.

On January 20, Agriculture Minister Apostolou was held “captive” for 13 hours in the northern city of Rodopi, in a building where two meetings for discussion on the taxes and the pensions were to take place. The farmers laid siege to the building and refused to let the minister leave – eventually the situation (not without tension and use of tear gas) was resolved late at night.

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