Farmers’ strikes and blockades continue to plague Athens

14 February 2016
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Rizos Maroudas, part of the committee, had said that for them to come to the discussion table only if the pensions and tax reforms are removed.

At the block in Promachona, Yiannis Toutouras, had said that the farmers have decided to remain at the blocks. Over in Kastro, another farmer said that difficult days were ahead.

The interior minister Panos Koroumblis had invited the farmers to return to the table for discussions, because everything is negotiable.

On Friday, thousands of protesting farmers arrived in Syntagma Square late on Friday evening, joined by 20 tractors, leading their march opposite Parliament and digging in for a rally intended to last the entire weekend.

More than 10,000 farmers and other workers gathered in the square, according to initial police estimates, and more farmers and protestors were continuing to arrive as other groups lit bonfires in front of the monument to the Unknown Soldier.

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