Farmers step up nationwide protests across Greece, block airport
More than 9,000 tractors blocked major highways across Greece and the main airport on the island of Crete on Wednesday as protests by farmers against plummeting prices for their crops continued across the country, reported dpa.
Tens of hundreds of tractors blocked the Promachonas border crossing in Serres, northern Greece while hundreds more gathered at the Exochia customs point in Drama causing several kilometres of traffic jams from the large number of trucks that had been prevented from leaving the country.
There was also disruption to traffic along the highways in the north of the country as well as in central Greece while farmers blocked the Athens-Thessaloniki national road at Tempe.
On the southern Mediterranean island of Crete, more than 1,500 people took over the airport in the capital city of Iraklion, forcing the cancellation of dozens of flights.
Greek farmers claim their incomes have been halved since last year and demand that the government step in and assist them with measures, such as the freezing of repayments on bank loans over the next three years. dpa cp bve