Greeks scrap in streets over free vegetables

Greeks carrying free vegetablesScuffles broke out in the Greek capital Athens yesterday, as hundreds waited in line for free vegetables.

Farmers were staging a market handing out free vegetables outside the Ministry for Agriculture, protesting against VAT on supplies and high fuel taxes.
According to a report in Reuters, the crowd scrapped over the free goods, culminating in one man being trampled. The one-off market saw 50 tonnes of fruit and vegetable distributed to struggling Greeks in a matter of hours.

"These images make me angry. Angry for a proud people who have no food to eat, who can't afford to keep warm, who can't make ends meet," said Kostas Barkas, a lawmaker from the leftist Syriza party.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, tensions flared when the stalls ran out of food and dozens rushed towards a food truck.

Greece has stagnated in recession and has the highest unemployment rate in the European Union at 26.8%. Crippling austerity measures have been met with social unrest and protests across the country. Yesterday saw the end of a six day strike by seamen which left many islands in Greece without food. With punishing austerity measures demanded by the IMF and EU, further protests are likely to erupt.

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