Farm­ers’ protest.

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Farm­ers and live­stock breed­ers who are protest­ing gov­ern­ment changes to their tax­a­tion sta­tus are pre­par­ing to bring their protests, which have so far been lim­ited mostly to cen­tral and north­ern Greece, to Athens. “We all have our fin­ger on the trig­ger and ev­ery­body should con­sider our in­ten­tion to come down to Athens as a given,” said Chris­tos Gon­tias, the head of the Pan­hel­lenic Co­or­di­nat­ing Com­mit­tee of Farm­ers and Live­stock Breed­ers – one of the unions rep­re­sent­ing Greek farm­ers. “We will shut down the cap­i­tal in the hope that fi­nally some­one will lis­ten to us,” he added, with­out giv­ing any de­tails about when the farm­ers plan to protest in Athens. Mean­while yes­ter­day, pres­i­dent of the Ve­ria Farm­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Ta­sos Halkidis said a del­e­ga­tion will visit Athens on Thurs­day for talks with Al­ter­nate Fi­nance Min­is­ter Try­fon Alexiadis. Dozens of protest­ing farm­ers have parked their trac­tors near the Kouloura in­ter­sec­tion on the Eg­na­tia High­way since last week.

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