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Protesters torch Greek motorway toll booth over price hike

Published on Feb 10, 2014 6:22 AM

ATHENS (AFP) - A group of 500 anti-government demonstrators set fire to a toll booth on a motorway east of Athens on Sunday to protest a near-tripling of prices, Greek police said.

The announcement last week of the toll hike from 55 cents (S$ 0.95), rising to 1.45 euros tapped into general rage by Greek motorists who complain that they are paying a high price for roads that are not always properly maintained.

Austerity measures hitting Greek citizens are also fuelling the indignation.

The demonstrators on Sunday blocked the motorway, set fire to tyres and chanted slogans against the government. They dispersed hours later.

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