Farm­ers in­sist on talks with PM

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Protest­ing farm­ers gath­ered at two new road junc­tions in Thes­saly, cen­tral Greece, yes­ter­day while the num­ber of pro­duc­ers at the bor­der town of Pro­ma­chonas swelled to nearly 500, as union­ists in­sisted on meet­ing with Prime Min­is­ter An­to­nis Sa­ma­ras.

The farm­ers, who are seek­ing tax breaks and other con­ces­sions, said they would stand their ground. “This is our an­swer to the government’s re­fusal to talk to us,” said Har­i­laos Ar­chon­tis, a union­ist in Larissa. Mean­while po­lice scuf­fled with protest­ing farm­ers in the north­ern pre­fec­ture of Ser­res, a day af­ter 12 farm­ers were ar­rested fol­low­ing vi­o­lent clashes with po­lice at the Anthili junc­tion on the Athens-Lamia na­tional road. The 12 are to ap­pear in court to­day.

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