Greek Farmers Protest at Ethiniki Odos

tractor-farmersGreek farmers took their frustration to the streets on Friday, placing their tractors on the country’s “Ethniki Odos”, the large highway that connects Central Greece to Northern Greece, in the area of Lamia at midday.

Farmers have become increasingly upset over the past few months in anticipation of the economic burdens they are likely to face next year. In early 2016, the Greek government is expected to table legislation that would increase taxation on Greek farmers in order to continue the flow of bailout funds into the country. The exact content of the legislation is subject to negotiations with creditors.

The protest is scheduled to continue until 11 am local time on Saturday, Naftemporiki reports. The tractors are reportedly not blocking traffic.

Farmers are expected to carry out larger mass demonstrations early in 2016.