Protesting Greek farmers determined to block borders, railways, motorways

Greek farmers protesting against tax and social security reforms are determined to block all border crossings, railway lines and major motorways, Bulgarian National Radio reported on February 9.

The farmers have blocked their country’s border with the Republic of Macedonia for several days and planned the blockade the Albanian border on February 9.

After an hour-long blockade of the Bulgarian border last week by the farmers, Greek security forces so far have succeeded in preventing a repeat performance.

The farmers have stopped traffic in both directions on the Thessaloniki – Athens road.

Not only have tractors used in blockades been kept in place, but more farmers were joining the protests, BNR said.

The farmers want immediate talks with three government ministers and immediate withdrawal of the tax and social security contribution system reforms.

If tensions worsen, the farmers could expand their protest to blockading the country’s sea ports.

Talks between the farmers and the government are expected on February 10, BNR said.




The Sofia Globe staff

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