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Protests Escalate against Greek Pension Reform

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 01:45 PM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — State hospital workers scuffled with police outside the finance ministry Tuesday, as protests across Greece escalate against sweeping pension reforms proposed by the government.

The scuffles occurred as farmers continued to sporadically block highways, mostly in northern Greece, and a growing number of professional associations called strikes.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' year-old left-wing government is facing fierce opposition to the reforms being demanded by bailout lenders that could see millions of workers pay higher income contributions.

Farming associations in central Greece voted to step up closures, with six-hour daily blockades at highways and ports, while protest groups in southern and northern Greece were also mulling similar action.

Elsewhere, flower growers disrupted traffic at a highway toll station north of Athens, while engineers in the northern city of Thessaloniki used sheets of plasterboard to block the entrance of a pension fund building. And a ferry workers' union is planning a 48-hour national strike starting Wednesday.

Labor unions are planning anti-government protests in Athens later Tuesday, when Tsipras is due to speak in parliament, while a general strike is planned on Feb. 4.

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