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Guardian - Greece paralysed as farmers ratchet up protests

Thousands of Greek farmers demanding compensation for low commodity prices have threatened to step up a nine-day protest which has paralysed the country, cutting road links with its neighbours and leaving tonnes of fruit and meat rotting in lorries. Using tractors and trailers, the farmers have blockaded around 70 main roads, cutting Athens off from the second city of Thessaloniki in the north and closing border crossings with Bulgaria, Macedonia and Turkey.

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Two months after the country's cities were hit by the worst rioting in decades, the latest protests have exposed the frustrations of Greece's underdeveloped agriculture regions. Despite EU subsidies, successive governments have failed to modernise a farming industry that remains dependent on state handouts, said Dimitris Keridis, a political scientist. "It's an industry that depends on government handouts and is incompatible with the demands of modern societies. They produce produce that nobody buys."

Industry, business, the tourist and manufacturing sectors have been affected by blockades that stretch from the Evros region in the north to Crete in the south. Holidaymakers have been stranded, hospitals and chemists have run short of medicine and exports have been stopped at frontier crossings. After cutting the country in half, the farmers blocked central Greece's link with the southern Peloponnese region barricading the Corinth Canal with black-flagged tractors on Monday and refusing passage to travellers including sick and elderly people.



keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jan 28th, 2009 at 05:43:46 AM EST
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that "cracking down" on protests that you predicted once the police were fired on by the protesters?  Did a crack down ever occur?  Do the protesters have a real upper hand?  Should I be stocking up on cheese to throw at the police here in the US?  Instead of wasting good cheese like they do in Iceland, I'm thinking of packaging my own feces in cheesecloth and selling the little gems at US riots.  Could be a real $maker!

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Wed Jan 28th, 2009 at 12:20:36 PM EST
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No crackdown yet ? however everything went quiet in the new year, so I guess the pressure was vented. however, there were a couple of events last week that didn't look good, but I was completely unaware about this protest.

things are going to be interesting in greece very soon.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jan 28th, 2009 at 01:35:27 PM EST
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some months ago I stated that I was waiting to see your take on Obama in terms of any real change, any real improvement.

What's your current view?

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Jan 29th, 2009 at 09:07:43 AM EST
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