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Greek Farmers Protest Against Pension Cuts Trap Rural Development Minister

© AFP 2021 / LOUISA GOULIAMAKIA demonstrator shouts slogans in a megaphone during a rally in central Athens on January 16, 2016 called by Greek main workers' unions to condemn a planned overhaul of Greece's pension system demanded by its international creditors.
A demonstrator shouts slogans in a megaphone during a rally in central Athens on January 16, 2016 called by Greek main workers' unions to condemn a planned overhaul of Greece's pension system demanded by its international creditors. - Sputnik International
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Greek farmers protesting against pension reforms have blocked Agricultural (Rural) Development Minister Vangelis Apostolou in a regional administrative building in the city of Komotini in the northeast of the country, the Kathimerini newspaper reports.

ATHENS (Sputnik) – Dozens of farmers wanted to force their way into the building, but were kept out by riot police, the newspaper said on Wednesday.

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Local media reported that police used tear gas inside the Rhodope Prefecture headquarters where Apostolou was trapped, while protesters threw smoke bombs at law enforcement officers.

Greek farmers also organized protests against pension reforms at several other locations in northern Greece on Wednesday.

Greece’s left-wing Syriza party led by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras promised to revise austerity reforms, such as pension cuts and tax hikes, after securing victory in the January parliamentary elections.

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However, in July, the country's government signed an agreement with international creditors approving a third bailout package for Athens worth 86 billion euros (about $95 billion) in exchange for the highly unpopular austerity reforms.

The funds that Greece received under two previous bailout packages also came in exchange for austerity measures.

Greek farmers have held multiple protests in the past few months.

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