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Greek farmers keep up blockade

December 10, 1996
Web posted at: 9:30 p.m. EST (0230 GMT)

ATHENS, Greece (CNN) -- Farmers kept up their protests and their roadblock for the 13th consecutive day Tuesday, despite a statement by Greece's Prime Minister Costas Simitis that the Greek government would not give in.

The farmers want lower fuel prices, higher crop subsidies and a rescheduling of $1.3 billion in debts. In an attempt to win their fight, they have parked their 10,000 tractors on 100 different locations -- including major roads, railways and national borders -- for nearly two weeks.

In a televised statement, Simitis acknowledged that the farmers were creating "huge problems in the economic life of cities." But, he said, bowing into their demands would mean missing the economic targets that will enable Greece to play a role in the European Union.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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