Cretan farmers on their way to Athens to march against higher taxation, social security fees

Farmers from around Crete boarded several ferries to Piraeus on Tuesday evening to participate on Thursday’s nationwide protest rally in Vathi square, central Athens.

In Chania, 165 farmers are said to have boarded the ship while others are travelling for the ports of Rethymno, Lasithi and Chania.

Farmers are protesting against the government’s new laws that increased taxation and social security contributions, as well as the high production cost for their products. “We want Crete to light up the flame of the struggle and satisfy our demands,” the farmers’ representative Giorgos Chalkias said, adding the new measures will destroy the farming sector.

After gathering at Vathis square, farmers will march towards the ministry of Agricultural Production.