Farmers who gathered from various regions of Greece to the city of Larisa on Saturday announced they are preparing to block main highways on January 23 as they escalate their response against the government’s announced changes in their taxation and social insurance.

More than 100 representatives from associations and action committees met in town to discuss their sector’s problems and plan further labour action.

“The consistent farmer movement will create a climate so that there will be labour action,” the president of the United Federation of Agricultural Associations of Karditsa, Vangelis Boutas, said on Saturday’s meeting, adding that everyone’s attention is turned towards the roadblocks and the tractors going to Athens.

He said this action will not exclude anyone “who agrees with the framework of the struggle we have and which is in the direction of opposing the government, the EU and the capital,” adding that the government’s claims on social security and farmers’ income are “lies”.

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