Farmers in Greece set tractor blockades around countryStaff Writer | January 24, 2017
Greece’s farmers taken their tractors and occupied the country’s highways in protest, with a number of tractor blockades set up around the country.
Greece The farmers were launching a struggle
The head of the Larisa farming association federation Rizos Maroudas said that the farmers were launching a struggle to press for solutions to their problems and “avert new measures that the government is planning against farmers and livestock breeders.”
Based on decision taking by farming associations and protest committees, a second roadblock will be set up in Agia on Tuesday, while a large blockade by the federations in Larisa, Karditsa and Trikala is planned for Thursday.
Farmers were also mobilizing in Aitoloakarnania in western Greece, with a protest held in Agrinio and announcing that they would decide on action to escalate their protests at a meeting of all farmers in Aitoloakarnania to be held over the next few days.
Support for the farmers’ mobilization has come from the civil servants’ union federation ADEDY, which noted that farmers faced a tripling of their social insurance contributions and a 60% cut in their pensions by 2022, while their taxation rate was being doubled from 13% to 26%. ■