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Greek farmers threaten to block highways in energy protest

LARISSA, GREECE (AP) – Greek farmers said they are determined to shut down all the country’s major highways to protest rising energy costs.

At a gathering south of the city of Larissa in central Greece, they decided on Sunday to demand a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

As all of Europe is facing rising energy costs, Greek farmers are demanding subsidies to reduce their fuel costs and an end to the electricity price adjustment cost, which reflects changes in the price of oil and natural gas imports.

Greece has among the highest taxes on fuel in the 27-nation European Union (EU), accounting for about two-thirds of the price. “Diesel costs about EUR1.60 (per litre), while in other European countries it is 70 cents,” President of the farmers’ union in the city of Tirnavos, north of Larissa, Asterios Tsikritsis told The Associated Press.

Greek farmers pour milk during a protest on a motorway a few miles south of Larissa. PHOTO: AP



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