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Greek protests continue to pressurise government

Issue No. 2137

Farmers’ protests in Greece have increased the pressure on the country’s right wing government, which had already been rocked by riots, strikes and protests in December.

Across the country farmers have blockaded roads demanding subsidies and against the low prices they are paid. The government has agreed to pay them 500 million euros.

The crisis is having a severe effect on Greece’s economic situation, with the European Union demanding a stabilisation package of a wage freeze and cuts.

Civil service workers have a strike planned for 25 February, which could become a day of action involving other unions.

The radical mood in Greece was seen in the united meeting of the Enantia and Mera anti-capitalist groups in Athens last Saturday. Around 3,000 people met and agreed to set up a new initiative.

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Tue 3 Feb 2009, 18:26 GMT
Issue No. 2137
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