Thousands of farmers protest in front of parliament in Athens


Thousands of farmers from throughout Greece, including over 200 tractors, have gathered in Syntagma Square to protest rising energy costs, foreign competition, and recent floods.

Police estimated that roughly 6,000 people gathered at Syntagma just before the commencement of the protest gathering, which began outside the University of Athens building on Panepistimiou Street and later progressed to Syntagma.

According to Ekathimerini, leading members of main opposition SYRIZA, including its leader Stefanos Kasselakis, shared their compassion for farmers and consumers alike.

“Farmers are struggling to survive. Consumers are struggling to survive”, Kasselakis said.

“The tax on agricultural fuel should be permanently abolished.”

The rally culminates weeks of protests over rising expenses, international competition, and devastating flooding.

“We are coming to Athens right now to fight for a better tomorrow,” said farmer Konstantinos Katselis.

Source: Ekathimerini




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