Farmers in northern Greece to continue and step up protests into next week

30 January 2016
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Protesting farmers in western and central Macedonia were on Friday gearing up for continued mobilisations and more coordinated action heading into next week. “Come Monday, everything will be different,” farmer trade unionists told the ANA-MPA. Most had appointed the delegations that will represent them at the meeting taking place at Tempi at 14:00 on Saturday.

With the exception of the farmers at the Malgara tolls and the Niseli junction, who followed the line decided at Tempi to close roads from noon to 18:00, most other rallying points held only symbolic road closures on Friday. Most farmers intend to take part in rallies taking place on February 4.

The road block for trucks at the Promachonas customs on the border crossing with Bulgaria will continue in the same way until Tuesday, allowing access to private cars and coaches.

The 800 tractors at the Malgara tolls said they will continue to block the road after noon and until 18:00, though they did allow coaches carrying school children to go through to Larisa. They ruled out allowing vehicles heading toward the ‘Agrotica’ trade fair in Thessaloniki, however.

The road block at the Kerdyllia junction on the Egnatia highway is also continuing, with more than 800 tractors in play, while farmers are also closing side roads and access roads for symbolic half-hour periods in that area.

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