Greek farmers to protest tax hikes

Greek farmers prepare to organise demonstration in order to protest increasing taxes

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

People are protesting austerity measure in front of Labour Ministry building in central Athens, Greece, October 15, 2015

According to the Panhellenic Confederation of Unions of Agricultural Cooperatives (PASEGE), having met with Vangelis Apostolou, Minister of Rural Development, farmers are determined to protest tax hikes by positioning their tractors on highways.

On Wednesday, some issues related to farmers and taxation matters were discussed at the meeting. After the meeting, head of the Panhellenic Farmers’ Initiative Theodoros Papaconstantinou said that farmers have decided to protest because of disagreement with authorities on planned tax hikes.

"The government is sticking to the plan it agreed with the lenders, which has no growth potential for farmers," Papaconstantinou said.

Another association for farmers, the Panhellenic Coordinating Committee for Farmers and Livestock Breeders has not decided on what to do over the tax issue and they are waiting for the government to conclude its action.

The Greek government has been dealing with the economy crisis because of the multibillion-debt which increased tension among people.

Greek officials approved the third bailout agreement worth 86 billion euros (about $95 billion) with a majority vote after an all night debate took place in a parliamentary session in July.

Greece got bailout packages from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Central Bank (ECB) and Eurozone countries in return for austerity reforms like tax hikes and pension cuts.

TRTWorld and agencies