Greek farmers protest against tax hikes

Thousands of Greek farmers demonstrated Wednesday in Athens against tax hikes in a protest marked by scuffles with police.

On Wednesday, thousands of farmers rallied in central Syntagma square, waving the national flag and holding up banners which read “Hands off our land.”

Police fired tear gas when a group of them tried to enter parliament with throwing oranges and plastic bottle.

Greek farmers have long-benefited from subsidies and tax breaks and have been shielded by successive governments in a nod to supporting agriculture and keeping an important voter base.

But their status has come under threat from Greece’s third bailout, which prompting several protests in central and northern Greece.

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