Union­ists on standby

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Farm­ers in the north­ern Greek re­gions of Eastern Mace­do­nia and Thrace threat­ened over the week­end to re­new protest ac­tion against the left­ist-led gov­ern­ment’s “painful mea­sures.” “It so hap­pened that farm­ers and fish­er­men were the first to be tar­geted by the mea­sures which have al­ready gone into ef­fect, but the protests and the bat­tles have to be waged by so­ci­ety as a whole,” said a state­ment by the farm­ers, who are re­sist­ing a hike in taxes and so­cial se­cu­rity con­tri­bu­tions. There was no re­ac­tion from the gov­ern­ment. Last year, a lengthy block­ade by Greek farm­ers on the coun­try’s bor­der with Bul­garia threat­ened to dis­rupt re­la­tions be­tween the two Balkan neigh­bors.

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