Farmers Break Through Police Cordon, Arrive at Evzones Customs Post

    Protesting farmers and livestock breeders at the Central Macedonia roadblock arrived at the Evzones customs post on the border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) on Monday afternoon, after breaking through a police cordon barring their way shortly after 16:30 p.m.
    Talking to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), farmer Giorgos Terzis said that farmers were now organizing their tractors and would decide what their next move would be.

    Earlier, reports had said that more and more farmers were reinforcing a roadblock set up one kilometer from the Idomeni junction and 1.5 kilometers from the border, with new farmers arriving from Kilkis, Giannitsa, Halkidona and elsewhere. A police cordon stationed across the Thessaloniki-Evzones national highway to prevent them from reaching the border was taken by surprise allowing them to get through.

    Farmers at the roadblock of Nikea, near Larisa, blocked traffic on the Athens-Thessaloniki national highway on Monday afternoon amid escalating protests against the new taxation and social security contributions they are expected to pay.

    The protesters closed off the Thessaloniki-bound direction as part of their announced plans to block major roads daily for two hours. The national highway leading to Athens is blocked indefinitely since last Thursday when farmers from Thessaly parked their tractors at the Nikea junction.
    (source: ana-mpa)