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Protesting Greek farmers block roads


Greek farmers took to the streets for a third day to protest against falling food prices, and to demand compensation. Thousands of tractors moved slowly into position along main roads in northern and central Greece, and on the island of Crete. Their action had the desired effect, with lorries and cars caught in long tailbacks, their drivers facing hours of delays and increasing frustration:

“If this meat does not get delivered to the shops today, it will spoil! It would mean thousands down the drain!” said one driver. “Sure I sympathise,” said another. “But this is no good. I have my own problems too!” At the Bulgarian border, there were reports of clashes between farmers and truckers trying to cross. Greece’s Agriculture Minister hopes to make some proposals by the end of the week, including cheap loans for farmers to ward off the worst of the economic downturn.

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