Thousands of protesting farmers arrived in Syntagma Square late on Friday evening, ranging from the 20-odd tractors that led the march opposite Parliament, and bracing for a rally intended to last over the weekend.
There were more than 10,000 farmers and other protesters gathered in the square, according to initial police estimates, and more demonstrators were continuing to arrive as other groups lit bonfires in front of the monument to the Unknown Soldier.
A police presence at the rally was discreet.
Thousands of farmers had descended on Athens from numerous regions around Greece to protest against the government’s proposed pension and tax reforms. They staged a massive march to Parliament and set up tents to camp out in Syntagma Square. The march was headed by 20 tractors brought down from the Nikea roadblock in Larissa, central Greece.