Greek farmers descend on Syntagma Square
Thousands of protesting farmers arrived in Syntagma Square late on Friday evening, joined by 20 tractors, leading their march opposite Parliament and digging in for a rally intended to last the entire weekend.
More than 10,000 farmers and other workers gathered in the square, according to initial police estimates, and more farmers and protestors were continuing to arrive as other groups lit bonfires in front of the monument to the Unknown Soldier.
The Greek police presence at the rally was reportedly discreet.
Thousands of farmers had descended on Athens from numerous regions of Greece, to protest against the government’s proposed social security, 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 Nikaia roadblock in Larissa, central Greece.
The farmers are expected to be joined by protesters who participated in marches organised by public sector employees’ union ADEDY and the Communist Party affiliated union PAME.