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.