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Taxi drivers: “Take troika and leave!”

Taxi drivers: “Take troika and leave!”

Taxi owners appear furious with the government and threaten with last protests of all forms, as with an announcement the Syndication Motorist Taxi asks for the government's resignation.

A new front opens for the government after this announcement that mentions massive taxation of taxi owners and threatens with lasting strikes. Taxi drivers in their announcement refer to: stifling taxation (26% from the first euro deposit plus 55% for the next use), scourge of debts to the Insurance Agency Freelance, lack of primary insurance care and unaccountability of tourist agents, who tolerated by the government and the Ministry of Tourism are stealing all the quality work of the taxis. The conflict with the government is expected to be particularly hard, since there is precedent. Recall that when the Prime Minister Antonis Samaras took power, the first branch that opposed him were the taxi owners chaired by Thimios Liberopoulos, who for many years was a friend of the Prime Minister. However, taxi drivers didn't hesitate to ruin their relationships with the state. What will flare up in the coming period looks like it will be equally tough.

The announcement states inter alia: "No more. We're tired of waiting for developments, five years now. What sick technocratic mind aims at developing a nonexistent consumer? Even in the period of Ottoman conquerors, they took the largest share of the production of the Greeks, but left them what they needed to live. They drink our blood daily. They lead us to suicide, misery, poverty. They want the Greeks weak and without property, mendicant of life and work, every freelancer and every Greek an official of cartels with wages of a Pakistan. We will let them continue their work and we will reconcile with the idea that we will become Pakistan of Europe or will we go ahead and fight for our lives? We demand the resignation of the Prime Minister and his government, because, like all governments since autumn of 2009, deceived the Greek people with their promises and seemed unworthy of the historic role it had". It concludes: "It's time to leave. Take troika with you and let us live. Greece won't submit. You shamed the people, because they believed you. Enough is enough".