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article imageAthens: Striking market vendors hand out 20 tons of free food

By Katerina Nikolas     May 15, 2013 in World
Athens - Market stall vendors staging a 24-hour-strike in Greece on Wednesday, set up their stalls in Athens to hand out 20 tons of free food.
Market stall traders opposed to government attempts to liberalize their profession organized a strike to protest plans to abolish life-long trading licences, replacing them with three year permits, Ekathimerini reported.
The government proposals would open up the trade to more competition. However the Panhellenic Federation Salesmen argue the three-year change will not allow enough time for any investment to be recouped.
The traders were refused permission to stage their strike in Syntagma Square, following a ban on the use of Syntagma introduced by the Mayor of Athens when Golden Dawn attempted to distribute free food there recently.
The market vendors moved their protest to Karaiskaki Square. Newsit reported vendors handed out 20 tons of free food, including lettuce, cauliflowers, tomatoes, zucchini, aubergines, and beetroots.
Meanwhile Golden Dawn have defended their position on distributing free food to Greeks only and excluding immigrants. Xryshaygh reported the decision was a "right of choice" as Chrysi Avgi is neither a charitable organisation nor a a charitable association, but a political party.
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