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Large scale farmer protests

20 January 2009 / 09:01:07  GRReporter
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Thousands of tractors and agricultural machines are standing around the highways in Greece, ready to temporarily block traffic from noon today. 400 tractors will close the Athens-Thessaloniki highway at the 110th km next to the Kastro exit in the Viotia region. Another three national roads will be closed in the Thesalia region for hours due to the farmers protest.

Hundreds of agricultural machineries are on the Karditza-Trikala road, where traffic jams are expected too. In Northern Greece, the Tembi passage will be closed on the Athens-Thessaloniki highway. Farmers from Seres and Promahon are ready to join the protest. The city exits of Xanti, Kavala, Drama, and Kilkis were blocked yesterday for hours.

Crete Island will be divided into two today with the help of tractors and other heavy machineries, which will block the Hanya-Retimno and Retimno-Iraklio roads. The tractors in Hanya started gathering from 9:30am. They went around the whole city and caused enough traffic jams before getting to their blocking stops.

Farmers are protesting against the low selling prices of cotton, wheat, corn, milk, the low gas prices, which according to them are kept high, and against the expensive spare parts. The syndicates expect that protests will be the biggest ones since New Democracy won the elections in 2004.

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