Tens of thousands march in Greece in angry train crash protest
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Greece on Wednesday (8 March) and workers went on strike in the biggest show of public anger yet over the country’s deadliest train disaster that killed 57 people last week.
In the largest street protests the government has faced since being elected in 2019, police estimated more than 60,000 people, among them transport workers, students and teachers, took part in demonstrations in cities across Greece.
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Thousands also took to the streets in Greece’s second-biggest city of Thessaloniki, where a group of protesters hurled stones at a government building.
Violence briefly broke out when a group of protesters clashed with riot police in Greece’s second city Thessaloniki after thousands of people gathered in protest over a train accident that killed 57 people https://t.co/0RcsFwoHtP pic.twitter.com/FZbIetlK1z
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“You feel angry because the government did nothing for all of those kids. The public transport is a mess,” said 19-year-old Nikomathi Vathi.
“No train will set off again, if we have not secured safety at the maximum possible level,” he said after announcing a suspension of the service while it reviews safety.
Rail workers had already been staging rolling strikes since Thursday, bringing the network to a halt.