Greek-Bulgarian Border Remains Closed Amid Truck Driver Blockade

© REUTERS / Stoyan NenovTrucks are seen on a highway near the Kulata border crossing between Bulgaria and Greece, Bulgaria February 17, 2016
Trucks are seen on a highway near the Kulata border crossing between Bulgaria and Greece, Bulgaria February 17, 2016 - Sputnik International
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All border crossings between Bulgaria and Greece remained closed, because Bulgarian truck drivers began a counter-blockade of the Greek border in response to Greek farmers' blockades staged in protest over their government's pension reform plans.

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MOSCOW(Sputnik) — All border crossings between Bulgaria and Greece remained closed on Saturday amid a double blockade by truck drivers on both sides on the border, the Bulgarian Interior Ministry said, as cited by local media.

On Tuesday, Bulgarian truck drivers began a counter-blockade of the Greek border in response to Greek farmers' blockades staged in protest over their government's pension reform plans. Bulgarian truck drivers had asked the Greek side to provide a five-hour window in the blockade to enable queuing trucks to pass through the border.

According to the Sofia Globe news, the Bulgarian activists have vowed to keep up with their protest until the Greeks farmers lift their blockade.

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Bulgarians have been canceling their vacations in Greece in response to the blockade, with two-thirds of Bulgarian reservations in the country reportedly canceled.

Greek farmers have been blocking transport routes across Greece since mid-January in protest over looming tax and pension system reforms demanded by Greece's international lenders.

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