Tension in the demonstration of farmers in Athens

Tension in the demonstration of farmers in Athens

Athens, November 19, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

Violent episodes marked the demonstration of farmers in Syntagma Square, between the assembled crowd and the riot police.

As it become known, two persons were arrests and the demonstrators remain outside Parliament, calling for the release of their colleagues.

Shortly after, a farmer who had brought been brought in was wet free, according to a police statement, which also noted that only one protester had been arrested.

The incidents began when police used chemicals to repulse farmers who tried to approach the precincts of Parliament.

The episodes began when groups of demonstrators threw bottles and oranges and the riot police responded by throwing chemicals.

A group of farmers attempted to enter the courtyard of the House by the side entrance, where there is the statue of Eleftherios Venizelos.

Tensions had risen earlier when some farmers complained about the presence of the President of LAE, Panagiotis Lafazani.

More than 3,500 farmers, breeders and fishermen from all over Greece gathered in Syntagma Square, while more producers are coming.

The organizers believe that this is one of the biggest mobilisation of recent years.

Farmers complain about the way they are taxed and for changes in social insurance.