Angry farmers fire up tractors

Farmers threatened yesterday to step up protest action against the government and continue with roadblocks in different parts of Greece in a bid to have their financial demands met. Farmers blocked off the national highway at Tirnavos, near Larissa in central Greece, with tractors over the weekend, requesting that the government agree to a higher tax rebate and a boost in financial aid. According to press reports, protesting farmers also distributed pamphlets in the Tirnavos area to passers-by to gain support for their cause. In northern Greece, the national highway between Thessaloniki and Halkidiki was also blocked off yesterday as farmers protested against Public Power Corporation (PPC) fines which they claim to have been hit with for excessive consumption. Traffic in the area was redirected to surrounding roads. Demonstrators on both fronts said that they will push ahead with their claims in February.

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