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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-01-25

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  • [01] Drug arrest
  • [02] Minister to meet protesting farmers

  • [01] Drug arrest

    A 37-year-old foreign national was arrested on Saturday in Paleo Faliro on charges of trafficking large quantities of hashish, Attica police announced on Sunday.

    Police, acting on a tip-off, located and arrested the 37-year-old man after 106.95 kilos of cannabis were found in his possession. The narcotic was seized, as were 1,500 euros in cash and the man's car, which was used for the transport of the drugs.

    The detainee was due to appear before a public prosecutor.

    [02] Minister to meet protesting farmers

    Agricultural development and food minister Sotiris Hatzigakis will meet on Monday afternoon with the Panhellenic coordinating body of the counry's protesting farmers, who on Sunday entered their 7th consecutive day of roadblocks at a number of intersections along the National Highway network and at five border crossings.

    Tractors continued to block the Athens-Thessaloniki national highway at Tempi, central Greece, the Mikrothebes intersection and Nikaia in Larissa.

    Blockades also remained in place at the northern border crossings of Promachonas in Serres prefecture and Exochi in Drama prefecture on the Greek-Bulgarian frontier, as well as at the Kipi border post in Evros prefecture, although farmers at the Promachonas blockade said they were allowing passage to vehicles transporting perishable produce and to emergency instances. Two new bockades were also set up at the Evzoni and Doirani border crossings, which, however, were being opened up occasionally.

    The meeting with Hatzigakis was initially scheduled for Sunday, but was put off to Monday at the request of the farmers, who were engaged in all-night consultations to dawn Sunday.

    The farmers' protests are behind held in demand of increased farm subsidies and pensions, guaranteed minimum prices for their products, reduction of refundable Value Added Tax (VAT), and lower fuel prices.

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