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4805 tractors paralyze Greece

25 January 2010 / 09:01:15  GRReporter
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4805 tractors, parked at 30 different places around Greece paralyzed the country today after the talks between representatives of the 17 farmers' organizations and the minister of agrarian development Katerina Badzeli ended without success. In particular, the blockade picture looks like this: 
450 tractors have blocked the road junction in the Kastro, in Viotia district on Athens-Thessaloniki highway; 

350 tractors have blocked the road junction at Alamana, Ftiotida region on the same highway; 
120 tractors interrupted the Athens-Salonika highway at a third point in Locrida, Fthiotida region; 
Another 120 tractors discontinued the highway Athens-Halkida near the bridge in Ritsona, Viotia region; 

700 tractors blocked the road junction Nikiya near Larissa on Athens-Thessaloniki highway, their representatives will go to Athens by bus today to demonstrate in front of Zapio Hall, where Minister Badzeli and the Minister of Economy Louka Katseli have invited them to dialogue; 

450 tractors blocked the border crossing point back to Bulgaria in Promahonas without letting any traffic pass through; 

120 tractors open the border checkpoint with Macedonia in Doiran from time to time; 

another 100 tractors are on the second border point with Macedonia in Evzoni, which is also being open from time to time; 

400 tractors have locked the Egnatia highway junction of Hrisupoli around Kavala; 

170 tractors are the border crossing with Bulgaria in Eksohi, which opens at intervals so no large queues can be created; 

another 100 tractors are on the third border post with Bulgaria in Ormenion, which is also opened at intervals. 

At 9.00AM the protesters are invited to begin talks with the two ministers - the agrarian development and of the economy. It is not yet clear which organizations will attend to it.

Tags: Farmer protest Protests in Greece
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