Greek farmers and riot police clash in Athens
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Greek farmers and riot police clash in Athens
Greek farmers and riot police clash in Athens

Farmers wielding shepherds’ staffs have clashed with riot police in central Athens as thousands headed to the Greek capital for a two-day protest against the government’s plans to impose tax rises and pension system reforms. (...)

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2016 Feb 12 19:27
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RE: Greek farmers and riot police clash in Athens
Why demonstrate against tax rises when nobody pays taxes down there anyway?


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2016 Feb 13 02:01
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I think that out of countless professions and vocations the farmers have the most difficulty concealing their income because their work can be inspected in some specific location in the open. Also in Finland many farmers do not want to cultivate grains (and instead opt for more laborious animal husbandry) because of the bureaucracy involved: they are heavily regulated.

Basically the Greek economical model is drifting back to feudal taxation where the poor farmers become serfs that carry all of the tax burden. This is how the great civilizations fall: the few and diminishing suppliers are demanded to support an ungrateful nation that spends itself into an oblivion of fleeting amusements and liberal self-gratification.
2016 Feb 13 06:51
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Let's not forget that the farmers have been the biggest beneficiaries of EU agricultural subventions because if ridiculously unsophisticated cheating. Now that Greece has come under scrutiny this is about to end and without their cheating many Greek farmers (like many Polish farmers before) will have to realize realize that their country now finally gets thrown into the 21st century while their agricultural standards are 19th century at best. Had farmers actually filed their taxes wihtout cheating and without black market activities they would have become obsolete decades if not a century ago.


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