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Fire and violence in Athens as protesters clash with riot police over rail disaster

As anger continues to grow over the train crash that left 57 dead, police in Greece were attacked with petrol bombs by protesters.

Numerous more passengers were also injured when the train they were on collided outside Larissa with a freight train.

Greece witnessed widespread protests following Tuesday’s high speed crash. Tens of thousands of people gathered to demand safer roads.

Riot police used tear gas and stun grenades to quickly disperse the violent scenes in Athens on Sunday.


The approximately 10,000 students, rail workers and other attendees demonstrated peacefully while also showing sympathy for the victims.

The late-night passenger train was jammed with university students returning from long vacation weekends, headed north from Athens towards Thessaloniki.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitchells attributed the crash to “tragic human error.

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CCTV: Momentary fatal train collision in Greece

What are the protesters looking for?

On Sunday, signs in Athens referred to the train accident as a “crime”.

Another said, “Their policies have cost human lives”, referring to the underinvestment in rail infrastructure that dates back to Greece’s 2010-2017 debt crisis.

Rail unions claim that the network is not up to standards for many years. A planned remote surveillance system and signalling system has yet not been delivered. They demand that the government set a timeline for its implementation.

According to Mr Mitsotakis, if the system had been in place, it would have been impossible for an accident to occur.

Railway workers protested the cost-cutting measures by staging walkouts.

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“Horrendously bizarre”: The scene from the train crash in Greece

Image Rail safety in Greece is under threat.

Station master facing charges

While the people of Greece await government action, Larissa’s station master is facing charges of endangering lives as well as disrupting public transport.

On Sunday, he appeared before a magistrate but could not be identified for legal reasons.


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