Farmers begin setting up road blocks on national highways

Farmers from Imathia have taken the initiative to begin setting up road blocks on the Athens-Thessaloniki national highway, with the vice president of the Spontaneous Farmer Movement Kostas Lioliopoulos warning that farmers in Crete will soon join the struggle.

So far about 30 to 40 roadblocks are being set up on the national highway, with farmers from the Nationwide Coordination Committee of Farmer Blocks taking up positions on various district intersections in northern Greece.

The farmers in Thessaly have set up a roadblock at the Nikea junction outside Larissa, while in Evros, the local coordinating committee arranged to move their roadblock near the Hellenic Sugar Industry factory in Orestiada on Tuesday.

The latest farmer protests are related to a number of new taxes introduced by the government and farmer unions are demanding that the high cost of production and loans be addressed.

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