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Photos: Subways, buses, and tractors are the latest tools of protest in Greece

Greek farmers have figured out a way to wage protest, air grievances and bring the country to a halt—literally. This past weekend, they took their tractors to the Egnatia highway, which runs through northern Greece, and blocked the road for an hour. Farmers complain that they haven’t received any state subsidies, while others say the compensation for natural disasters that have hurt their crops is too low.

Amid a deep economic slump, protest has become commonplace in Greece. Metro workers were just on strike for nine consecutive days, forcing the closure of subways and buses. Transit workers returned to work Friday after a court decision declared their protest illegal.

These photos capture Greece’s week of protest:

Farmers use their tractors to block Egnatia highway near the northern Greek city of Veria on Saturday, Jan. 26 2013. Farmers from Veria used their tractors to block  Greece's northern highway "Egnatia" for about an hour. Some farmers are complaining they have not yet received state subsidies while others say compensation for natural disasters that have hurt their crops is too low.(AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)
Farmers use their tractors to block Egnatia highway near the northern Greek city of Veria. (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)
Farmers protest on their parked tractors on Egnatia highway near the northern Greek city of Veria on Saturday, Jan. 26 2013. Farmers from Veria used their tractors to block  Greeces' northern highway "Egnatia" for about an hour. Some farmers are complaining they have not yet received state subsidies while others say compensation for natural disasters that have hurt their crops is too low.( AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)
Farmers protest on their parked tractors on Egnatia highway near the northern Greek city of Veria. Farmers obstructed the road for about an hour. (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)
Vegetables are grown in plots next to low rent housing in Menemeni near Thessaloniki, in northern Greece, on Saturday Jan. 26, 2013. Many residents prefer to save on their meager salaries, which have taken a hit in crisis stricken Greece, by growing their own vegetables. The housing has been recently built on what used to be farmland. (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)
Vegetables are grown in plots next to low-rent housing in Menemeni near Thessaloniki, in northern Greece. Greeks are trying to save money by growing their own produce. (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)
A striking metro worker looks from behind the closed gate of the central depot in Athens, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Greece’s conservative prime minister is holding emergency meeting after a deadline for striking public transport workers expired, leaving Athens’ subway system closed for an eighth day. Strikers protesting pay cuts refused to return to work Thursday despite a court decision declaring their protest illegal. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A striking metro worker looks out from behind the closed gate of the central depot in Athens. Athens’ subway system was closed for nine days. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Metro workers burn civil mobilization's documents outside Aghios Antonios station in western Athens on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. Striking Athens metro workers returned to the job Friday, hours after the Greek government used riot police to evacuate holdouts from a subway depot, ending a bitter standoff over new austerity measures. The nine-day strike which knocked out a system serving more than  a million people a day, was the biggest labor unrest Greece’s uneasy,  conservative-led governing coalition faced since taking over last June. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Metro workers burn documents outside Aghios Antonios station in western Athens. Striking Athens metro workers returned to the job Friday, hours after the Greek government dispatched riot police to a transit depot. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Workers at a public bus depot are seen during a strike in Athens, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. Striking public transport workers in Athens have defied a court order to return to work, despite a government threat to impose an emergency order that could lead to prosecution. Unions representing public bus drivers in the Greek capital continued their rolling 24-hour strikes Monday, a day after a court ruled their protest illegal. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Some workers are still defying a court order to return to work, despite a government threat to prosecute them. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Unionists affiliated with the Communist party march in the city center during a protest in solidarity with striking public transport workers in Athens on Saturday, Jan. 26 2013. About 2,000 members of pro-communist union PAME have marched to the Greek parliament to protest against planned pay cuts for transport workers and government action that forced subway employees to end their strike. Greek riot police stormed the Athens subway train depot early Friday to enforce a government emergency order forcing striking metro workers back to work.(AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)
Union members affiliated with the Communist party march in solidarity with striking public transport workers in Athens. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)
Protesters march in front of the Greek Parliament during a protest in solidarity with striking public transport workers in Athens on Saturday, Jan. 26 2013. About 2,000 members of pro-communist union PAME have marched to the Greek parliament to protest against planned pay cuts for transport workers and government action that forced subway employees to end their strike. Greek riot police stormed the Athens subway train depot early Friday to enforce a government emergency order forcing striking metro workers back to work. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)
About 2,000 members of the pro-communist All-Workers Military Front, known as PAME, have marched to the Greek parliament to protest planned pay cuts for transport workers. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)
Greek shipyard workers protest at Omonia square in central Athens as they hold a banner which reads in Greek "we want work", on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. Protesters say they have not been paid for a year and now face sacking because the government owes money to their company. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Greek shipyard workers protest at Omonia Square in central Athens with a plea: ” We want work.” (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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