Greek Farmers Protest Austerity Cuts

Greek FarmersAbout 2,000 farmers from across Greece gathered in central Athens on March 5 to rally in front of the Parliament and protest of harsh austerity policies they said have cut into their ability to make a living.

The protesters, some of whom came from as far as Crete, first gathered before the Agriculture Ministry to stand against tax reforms introduced by the government.

“The problem is that we no longer make enough money to support our families,” Panagiotis Giogas, a peach and asparagus farmer from the northern town of Pella told the Associated Press. “We are taxing everything now. It takes a month’s income just to fill up the tractor with gasoline,” said Giogas, who joined the peaceful rally. “My father and grandfather worked the same land that I do. But farmers will have to sell their land.”

The protesters, who staged a month-long nationwide mobilization in February, briefly blocking national highways with their tractors to make their requests heard, took the streets of the Greek capital this time, chanting slogans with their demands.

A series of tax exemptions have been scrapped for farmers under the latest reforms that took effect this year and were demanded by the Eurozone and International Monetary Fund in exchange for rescue loans that have kept the country afloat for nearly three years. Some farmers though have been criticized for accepting EU subsidies and not using them to provide crops.


  • Alex

    Didn’t see any skinny farmers in the picture. Many fat ones though. Must be nice to being subsidized by the government while everyone else is seeing huge tax increases.

    Just a crazy thought…if they don’t feel they make enough money, perhaps they should be more productive
    so they can make higher margins? If not, move on to another industry.

  • guest

     I found a skinny one!  I found a skinny one!

  • Want to know the REAL TRUTH what EU is doing?— Look this up on YouTube

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KIc7jLx8RA

  • Choralife

    Lol. I found four skinny ones and 3 fat ones.

    But the fat one in the blue shirt looks suspicious, could be a Skopian infiltration. So that makes only 2 fat ones with a possible 3rd currently under investigation.

  • Alex

     According to you there are no Skopians. Even when thet keep trolling this website under different handles you pretend not notice. Its pathetic you put your ego in front of defending Greece.

  • Worldarts High School Dropout

     Yes we want to the truth. Will you admit you are worldarts? Or pretend not to notice the question again?.

  • Choralife

     LOL. So says the non Greek coward who hides in his bedroon and behind his PC in the US. While the real Greeks who care for the country do their national service patroling the borders.

  • Alex

    Lol. I am sure you are not one of those Greeks defending our borders! 

    Even assuming you are Greek for a moment as you claim, you are  such  coward you can’t even defend Greece against SKopians trolling this very website.

  • Havasmall Johnston PhD

    I will pretend not to notice of course.

  • Alex

     What do you care about defending borders?

    You didn’t say a peep of protest to that nutjob Savas that want  to turn Greece into a non-Greek multiculturalist state. (effectively arguing to wipe out the Greek people as happened to native Americans)