Farmers break through police cordon and head toward Evzones customs post

Protesting farmers and livestock breeders at the Central Macedonia roadblock, near the border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), broke through a police cordon barring their way shortly after 16:30 on Monday and began heading toward the Evzones customs post.

Earlier, reports said that more and more farmers were arriving at the roadblock, set up one kilometre from the Idomeni junction and 1.5 kilometres from the border, with reinforcements from Kilkis, Giannitsa and Halkidona. Police had been stationed across the Thessaloniki-Evzones national highway to prevent the farmers from heading toward the border.

A representative of the farmers talking to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) said that they did not plan to occupy the customs post but to set up their roadblock at the Idomeni junction.