Farmers threaten to escalate their mobilisations

16 February 2016
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Farmers remain adamant on their positions and do not abandon their blocks in central and northern Greece stating they are ready to further escalate their struggle and discuss alternative ways to intensify their battle.

The farmers block at Promachonas customs will keep that border checkpoint closed for a second consecutive day.

“We do not want to cause trouble or inconvenience to the people but it must become clear that we have nowhere to go. Those who believe that we will get tired after our presence in Athens were wrong. We will further escalate our struggle,” said the member of the coordination committee Yiannis Tourtouras.

At Exochi customs on the Greek-Bulgarian borders the head of the coordination committee Vassilis Kastidis said to ANA-MPA that the crossing point will be closed to all vehicles and buses 10:00-15:00 and 17:00-22:00. In the last 220 hours we have opened three times for two hours the block for trucks and lorries to pass.”

The blocking of the customs of Evzoni and Doirani on the Greek-Fyrom borders will continue on Tuesday, 12:00-15:00, 20:00-23:00 and 18:00-22:00 respectively.

The customs at Krystallopigi (Greek-Albanian borders) and Niki (Greek-Fyrom borders) will be closed from 11:00 to 23:00.
Moreover, farmers continue to keep Egnatia motorway at Kedryllia, Niselio and Malgara closed.

After their rally in Athens, the farmers of western Macedonia have increased the blocking hours in an attempt to put further pressure on the government.

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