Farm­ers protest.

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Farm­ers ob­ject­ing to a planned in­crease in tax­a­tion on their sec­tor, and the re­vo­ca­tion of ben­e­fits, held ral­lies across the Pelo­pon­nese yes­ter­day. Pro­test­ers staged ral­lies in Sparta, Kala­mata and Tripoli. In Sparta, farm­ers used their trac­tors to block the en­trance to re­gional author­ity of­fices. They then drove through the town in a fur­ther protest. Mean­while, farm­ers from western Messe­nia con­verged in Kala­mata, where they staged sim­i­lar protests. In Tripoli, pro­test­ers held a smaller rally out­side the lo­cal re­gional author­ity of­fices. The head of the farm­ers’ co­op­er­a­tive as­so­ci­a­tion for Ar­ca­dia, Thanassis Tsi­oti­nas, said that peo­ple whose in­come is de­pen­dent on farm­ing, should be treated dif­fer­ently to oth­ers who have other jobs but claim sub­si­dies for cul­ti­va­tion.

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