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Poor farmers escalate their just struggle with roadblocks across the country

Poor farmers in the region of Thessaly and across the country are escalating their struggle by setting up roadblocks on main roads. At the heart of their demands is that the stateshould replace their lost income due to reduced production caused by adverse weather conditions and diseases, but also due to the large cuts set out in the common agricultural policy (CAP). They also demanda reduction in production costs, protection against natural disasters, minimum guaranteed prices for their products that will correspond to the cost of production, while ensuring a subsistence income and affordable prices forbasic consumer goods.

The New Democracy government spectacularly failed to prevent the setting up of roadblocks on the national roads, especially in Thessaly, which is the epicentre of the farmers’ movement, despite all the violent attacks by the police and riot police, the firing of tear gas and stun grenades, and the arrests of agricultural trade unionists. “We will not be deterred by repression”, the farmers declared, expressing their determination to continue and escalate their struggle for their survival.