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Aug 4, 2011
Riot police guard the entrance to Crete's Heraklion Airport during yesterday's protests

Riot police guard the entrance to Crete's Heraklion Airport during yesterday's protests

“Visitors are advised to exercise caution when using the airport, and to follow advice given by their tour operators,” a statement read.

The protests took place at the island’s Heraklion Airport, as Greek taxi drivers continue with a strike that is aimed at disrupting the country’s tourism sector during the peak summer season. The strike has particularly targeted airports and other transport hubs.

The Greek government is attempting to reform the licence system for taxis, making it easier and cheaper for new drivers to enter the business – but have faced resistance.

The strike is part of the wider network of protests that has erupted this summer as the Greek government looks to slash costs as Greece struggles with its debt burden.
However, until yesterday, disturbances have largely been confined to the mainland – with taxi drivers reportedly throwing stones and water bottles as they clashed with riot police in the capital city Athens on July 20th. Police again responded with tear gas.

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