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Boiko and the farmers - a lot of action weak result

23 January 2010 / 19:01:03  GRReporter
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The Greek farmers, whose union got together this weekend to decide what would be the fure of the protests seem to be hell-bent to stay on the roads regardless of the bad weather and the low temperatures. From the parliamentary tribune the Prime Minister George Papandreou asked them to go home as there is not a single available euro in the national budget which could be allocated as a subsidy to whoever it is. The first reactions of the farmers are negative.

The stock-breeders announced that since Monday, January 25th they would also take part in the farmer’s protests. They will reinforce the blockages of the farmers and will organize on their own three blockages – near Thessaloniki, Kozani and Elassona. What is the situation at the other blockages? The farmers who have blocked the road junction at Nikia announced that on Monday they will travel with busses to Athens and they will protest in front of Zappeion hall where George Papandreou invited them to negotiate.

The frontier post Promahonas – Kulata opened for three hours after spectacular visitation of the Bulgarian Prime minister Boiko Borisov, who met and spoke to representatives of the Serres farmers at the border. Borisov arrived at a military helicopter, spoke to the farmers and convinced them to open the frontier post, however… only for three hours. As opposed to the Bulgarian media who glorified in triumph the victory of Borisov over the farmers, the Greek media rated it as “a lot of action, weak result”. They announce that before the meeting with the farmers Borisov spoke to Papandreou on the phone who gave him his permission for this meeting. Nevertheless the Greek government is not hiding its discontent from the spontaneous initiatives of the Bulgarian Prime Minister.

The farmers from the Evros region are blocking the Bulgarian frontier post at Ormenion since today, Saturday for an uncertain period of time while the frontier post with Turkey at Kipi is currently working under normal circumstances. The farmers from Lamia are letting the traffic pass in intervals in order to avoid incidents caused by the bad weather and the strong snowfall. The highway Athens Lamia is blocked at two places where the traffic goes on circulate roads. The farmers from Grevena have decided to stay with their tractors at the streets, but not to block them for the present moment.

Tags: Boiko Borisov farmers protests Promahonas society
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