Cretan farmers return to the capital

Some 1,000 farmers from Crete staged a peaceful protest in Syntagma Square in central Athens yesterday, as representatives met with aides of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis. The farmers, who descended on Athens in larger numbers earlier this year but were prevented from leaving the port of Piraeus, also met with officials of the opposition parties in their bid to draw attention to low prices and to demand more state aid for their sector.