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Greek farmers hold Athens protest for state aid

ABOUT 1,000 Greek farmers from the island of Crete are demonstrating in central Athens to protest low prices and demand state aid.

The protest is causing traffic jams, but has been peaceful. In a similar protest in February, extensive clashes broke out after police refused to let the farmers drive their tractors through the capital.

The farmers say they will try to march to Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis' office later Wednesday, but police have said they will only allow a small delegation through.

In January, Greek farmers blocked highways nationwide until the government promised a 500 million euro (US$670 million) support package.

The Cretan farmers are pressing for a separate deal.


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