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Protesting Greek farmers block highway over income tax hike

Greek farmers block highway at key border crossing with Turkey to protest planned tax hike

Protesting Greek farmers block highway over income tax hike

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) -- Farmers protesting tax hikes under Greece's international bailout agreement are using tractors to disrupt traffic on a key border crossing with Turkey.

Greek police say about 100 tractors have been parked across a highway near the Kipi crossing since just after midday Wednesday. Protesters are preventing all trucks from leaving or approaching the Greek side of the border, but are allowing cars and buses to pass.

Protesting farmers also briefly closed a highway near the northern town of Serres, and plan new protests Thursday.

Farmers' unions are angry at Greece's commitments to double their income tax from 13 to 26 percent from next year, and scrap tax rebates.

The planned measures are part of the country's obligations under its third international bailout deal, signed last month.


Updated : 2021-09-18 18:15 GMT+08:00