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Greek farmers drive tractors to Parliament in protest

Greece
Innovation & Technology
Published Feb 21, 2024

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Greek farmers have escalated their weeks-long protests against rising costs, foreign competition, and recent devastating floods by driving their tractors to Athens. Despite ongoing discussions with the government, the farmers' unions consider the measures announced, including energy bill discounts and a one-year extension to a tax refund for agricultural diesel until the end of 2024, to be inadequate. The government, however, has indicated that it cannot afford any further concessions this year.
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ATHENS (Reuters) - Farmers from across Greece drove their tractors to Athens on Tuesday, intensifying weeks of protests against rising costs, foreign competition and catastrophic floods. As they drove through the streets of the capital, they honked their horns and received applause and waves from passersby. Dozens of tractors parked in front of Parliament and more were expected to arrive. The protests echo complaints in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland and Italy, where farmers have held similar demonstrations. Greece's farmer unions have been in talks with the conservative government of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for weeks, but have said the measures announced so far are not enough to address their concerns. "We are coming to Athens to fight for a better future," said farmer Konstantinos Katselis. “Everything is very expensive,” he said. "Fuel, fertilizer." Hundreds of farmers, with around 150 tractors, were expected to join the demonstration and try to increase ...
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