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Greece: Cuts keep budget on target, spur protests

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Farmers affiliated with the communist party drive their tractors through city center Saturday during a protest in the northern city of Thessaloniki Greece. Farmers complain that their production costs are too high, and want Greece's conservative-led coalition government to reduce the price of fuel, scrap plans to increase taxation on agriculture and cut sales tax on their goods.

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Greece's farmers launched a campaign of daily anti-austerity highway blockades Monday, as the conservative-led government insisted deep spending cuts were helping the crisis-hit country beat budget targets. Mostly in central and northern Greece, the hour-long roadblocks started at 2:00 p.m. (1200GMT), forcing motorists to take lengthy detours or wait the protests out.
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