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Alexis Tsipras

Despite protests, Greek PM says reforms 'not optional'

Protesting farmers said Wednesday they are planning to camp outside parliament and hold a 48-hour protest against government pension reforms.

Farmers from about 70 highway and road blockades around the country are planning to bring their protest to Athens on Friday and Saturday, in a confrontation with the left-wing government, which is struggling to implement austerity measures demanded by bailout lenders.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' government is facing growing opposition from unions and professional groups of over planned pension and tax reforms that are likely to hit the income of salary-earners and the self-employed.

Lawyers, engineers, and other groups that...