Greek farmers clash with police in pension reform protest

Pension reform protest in Greece turns violent as police fire tear gas at farmers

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Greek farmers from the region of Crete clash with police during the protest against planned pension reforms outside the Agriculture ministry in Athens

Greek police used tear gas on Friday in clashes with farmers protesting against the planned pension reforms the government is set to impose on Greek citizens. 

The farmers coming from all around Greece, gathered outside the Agriculture Ministry building in Athens early on Friday.

Tensions rose when the police tried to prevent the farmers from entering the Ministry.

The farmers threw stones at the building breaking most of the Ministry’s windows while tomatoes were thrown at the police officers guarding its entrance.

About 800 farmers came from the island of Crete to protest about changes to their tax and pension rights which the country accepted with the purpose of pleasing its creditors.

"The farmers attempted to push the police in front of the ministry's entrance. The police used tear gas to stop them," a police official said.

The tensions lasted for more than half an hour but the situation is under control at the moment.

The farmers remain outside the Agriculture Ministry and plan to protest in Syntagma square which is in the centre of Athens.

TRTWorld and agencies