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lines for free food yesterday in Athens

Hundreds of Athenians jostled for free vegetables handed out by farmers in a symbolic protest yesterday early in the morning, in front of the ministry of Agriculture. Images of people struggling to seize bags of tomatoes and leeks thrown from a truck dominated Greek television pictures as well as international news. The free food handout in Athens began peacefully as hundreds of Greeks lined up in advance outside the agriculture ministry, where protesting farmers laid out tables piled high with produce, giving away 50 metric tonnes (55.11 tons) of produce in under two hours.

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