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Clashes in Greece as truckers resume protests


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Clashes in Greece as truckers resume protests

In Greece, there have been renewed clashes between police and truck drivers protesting over moves to open up the freight haulage industry.

The country’s main port Piraeus was the scene of the latest violence, which comes two days after parliament liberalised the sector.

Road freight is one of the most closed professions in Greece, with no new licences issued for decades.
Opening up the industry and several others was a key requirement of an EU/IMF bailout deal.

To quell unrest, the government on Friday offered tax and social security incentives. But union leaders have rejected the proposals, paving the way for further conflict.

Following a strike that crippled the country during the summer, truckers are now banned from taking industrial action. But for the past eleven days they have parked their vehicles along various highways outside the capital.

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