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Greek farmers' protests likely to disrupt major routes in Q1 2018, culminating in violent demonstrations in Athens

27 December 2017

Greek farmers are likely to stage a series of protests in the first quarter of 2018 to oppose the government’s tax and pension system reforms passed in 2014 and 2015, which also affect their sector.

Cancellation of preferential taxation and pension schemes protecting the agriculture sector was part of the bailout-related conditions set by Greece’s international creditors. The head of the Larisa branch of the Unitarian Federation of Agricultural Associations stated earlier in December that the “government policy is exacerbating” the problems affecting the Greek agriculture sector and “that is why we [the farmers] will continue our protests”.

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