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Farmers are closing the circle around Athens

17 January 2010 / 20:01:24  GRReporter
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A gradual tightening of the ring around Athens are starting the Greek farmers whose riots are expected to get more intensive from tomorrow. The Bulgarian ministries of interior and the of the transportation are appealing to the drivers to avoid traveling in Greece for the next 10 days because of the risk from “paralyzing” the road network of the country due to the farmers’ blockages.

On Sunday the greatest tension was created on the Egnatias highway in Kavala region at the Kerdilion road junction which was blocked by the tractors. The farmers decided to leave it opened between the hours of 13:00 and 17:00 because of the football game between Olympiakos –Kavala. In this way the farmers allowed the fans of the team from Piraeus to travel from Thessaloniki to Kavala and watch the game of their favorite team. From 17:00 until 22:00 the highway will stay closed and then they will open it again to let the cars gathered there pass.  

The farmers from the Grevena region are gathering their tractors in front of the local government and tomorrow, Monday at 10:00 o’clock they will deliberate and decide what will be their future actions. Around Serres the farmers have also lined up their tractors on the roads, however are currently waiting and not yet blocking them. The same is the situation in the region around Larissa. Closed will stay the road junction Bogatsiku near Kastoria which is opened once in every hour and for the rest of the time it stays closed and the traffic is passing on roundabout roads.


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