(ZEROHEDGE) – On Friday, some 800 angry Greek farmers marched on the Agriculture Ministry in Athens and beat police with Shepherd's crooks.
The farmers are understandably upset with Alexis Tsipras and the government for a proposal to triple the social security burden and double income taxes in an effort to appease the powers that be in Brussels who claim Greece has not made enough progress towards fiscal consolidation since the country's third bailout was agreed last August.
Putting Greece on a sustainable path is a virtual impossibility at this juncture. There are myriad structural problems that cut to the heart of the currency bloc's woes and on top of that, Athens' debt burden is simply astounding. In other words, Tsipras and Brussels can raise taxes and cut pension benefits all they want but this problem is never going to be solved. It's too late.
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Adding insult to injury, data out Friday shows the country slipped back into recession in Q4.
All of this helps to explain why, after the tomato-tossing, stick-waving melee at the Agriculture Ministry, the farmers – joined by some 10,000 of their compatriots as well as union members, massed in Syntagma Square on Friday where tractors could be seen meandering through the crowd.