Hundreds of trucks and cars are stuck at the key Greek-Bulgarian Promahonas border crossing, after a blockade by Greek farmers was met with a retaliatory blockage by angry Bulgarian truck drivers on the other side. the retaliation started at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
Greek media report Wednesday noon, of 600 trucks and 100 private vehicles stuck of the Greek side and of 700 trucks and 100 private vehicles on the Bulgarian side.
Greek farmers have been blockading highways and customs points for the last three weeks, in order to protest a government-planned pension reform that critics say will increase social security contributions to unsustainable levels. While some blockades stop traffic for hours at a time, others do so round the clock.
Greek authorities said there were about 800 trucks and about 160 cars stranded on the Greek side of the Promahonas border crossing Wednesday, and about 1,000 trucks and 500 cars on the Bulgarian side.
As many private vehicles were transporting families with babies and small children, Greek farmers had been allowing private cars to cross, but the truckers on the Bulgarian side have halted all traffic.
Closed to traffic are reportedly also the Tempi crossing on Athens-Thessaloniki highway and Isthmos crossing on highway that leads from Athens to Peloponesse and Epirus.
Cutting Greece into three? Not so clever idea…