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Farmers are preparing for surprising and indefinite road and border blockades

01 February 2016 / 14:02:03  GRReporter
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The Greek farmers are going to intensify their protests in the coming days. Over the weekend, they decided to extend the hours of the roadblock on the Athens - Thessaloniki highway to increase their pressure on the government.

According to some sources, the farmers protesting at the Tembi pass are planning to block it from today until Tuesday noon without interruption. The police station of ​​Thessaly has informed of a traffic interruption from twelve o’clock today for an indefinite period of time, which has intensified the fears that Greece will be divided into two. In parallel, farmers from the village of Nicaea near Larissa will also block the junction at Platikambos for two hours at 05:00 pm today.

At 11:00 am today, farmers blocked the traffic to and from the border crossings of Kastanies on the border with Turkey and Exochi above Drama on the border with Bulgaria. The blockades of both borders will continue for an indefinite period of time. According to the decision of farmers from the region who are protesting against the pension reform, cars and buses will be allowed to pass.

Stergios Litos, a member of the coordinating committee of the blockade at Promachonas border crossing, told the Athens News Agency AMNA that "the best thing the government can do is to resign and a government of national consensus be formed afterwards. However, we insist that the leader of the main opposition party and all the other political leaders also take a clear position about the problems of farmers."

Roadblocks throughout Greece are continuing and farmers are warning that they will block the roads unexpectedly and permanently. 15 days after the start of the protests, they are adamant that they will not participate in any dialogue with the government if it does not withdraw the bill on pension reform. Farmers are demanding a new draft to be drawn up with the participation of their representatives.

According to the Greek media, no representative of farmers will meet with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at least until the coming Thursday when the general strike will take place. In their words, whoever proceeds to such actions will incur the negative reactions on the part of the others.

Tags: SocietyProtests of farmersBlockades of roads and bordersPension reform
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