Farmers in Greece protest in front of the Parliament against the price of oil

2024-02-21 12:04:00, Kosova & Bota CNA
Farmers in Greece protest in front of the Parliament against the price of oil
Farmers' protest

Greek farmers protested by honking their tractor horns near the Greek Parliament building on Wednesday after spending the night in central Athens to protest fuel price and production cost increases for the second day in a row.

At least 8,000 farmers, beekeepers and livestock breeders joined the protest in Syntagma Square on Tuesday, echoing similar protests across Europe.

Many of them spent the night in the square before starting to move on Wednesday.

"We took this decision and now we are waiting for the result," said farmer Konstantinos Kyriakopoulos, 34, from the southern Greek region of Messinia.

Farmers say they are also affected by climate change, as unpredictable floods, extreme heat and fires are making their work even more dangerous.

They briefly blocked roads and checkpoints for several weeks while their unions talked with the conservative government of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis about financial aid.

The government has so far offered them a discount on the electricity bill and the extension of the tax discount for oil in agriculture until the end of 2024.

The Greek government has said it is ready to talk about a permanent tax relief scheme, but there is no chance of additional concessions this year.

In India, police used tear gas on Wednesday to disperse thousands of protesting farmers who sought to resume a march in New Delhi after rejecting a government offer on prices for their produce. /REL 

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