Weekly store boycott sought

The Consumer Institute (INKA) yesterday called on shoppers to boycott all food retailers, except street markets, every Thursday in a bid to force down rising prices. «Greek shoppers must become conscious consumers if we are to lower the cost of basic goods,» Giorgos Lehouritis, INKA’s president, told Skai. But not all Greek consumer groups, of which there are dozens, agree with INKA’s strategy. The Federation of Consumer Associations objects to protests being restricted to specific days and products and is calling for a rolling boycott on staple products, such as pasta and bread. The Greek Quality of Life Consumer Union (EKPOIZO) supports the idea of once-a-week boycotts but says a longer-running protest may be more effective. «We want a targeted, well-organized boycott over a set period of time,» EKPOIZO’s vice president, Panayiota Kalapotharakou, told Kathimerini. «Our aim is to bring down prices and we will keep trying to achieve this,» she said. Parliament is scheduled to debate the issue of rising prices today.