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Greek farmers blocked the country’s main north-south highway in a protest on Wednesday over rising fuel prices. They have been holding occasional demonstrations this way for over a week but yesterday tempers flared.

Gasoline prices in Greece are among the highest in the world and farmers are struggling to pay in the midst of a crisis where consumption has slumped.

Scuffles broke out as riot police used tear gas to move the protesters on, around 11 farmers were eventually arrested.

Calls for a 50 per cent cut in fuel tax has little chance of being met as the Greek government grapples with trying to reduce its deficit.

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