Greek farmers clash with police over property tax


Associated Press
December 20, 2013

Farmers from the Greek island of Crete clashed with police Friday outside Greece’s parliament in Athens as lawmakers debated a bill that will expand an unpopular property tax to farms and previously untaxed properties.

Hundreds of farmers took an overnight ferry to protest in the capital and were joined by farmers from the southern mainland. They hurled oranges at riot police and battered their shields with traditional shepherds’ walking sticks.

The new tax, due to be voted upon Saturday, is part of measures required by international creditors under Greece’s bailout agreements. The debt-ridden nation has been kept afloat since 2010 by the bailout funds.

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