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Greece, Athens. Demonstrations and clashes with the police after the train crash

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In Greece, violent clashes broke out on Sunday between police and demonstrators outside the parliament in Athens during a protest rally after a train crash that killed 57 people on Tuesday, the AFP news agency reported. There are also strikes by railway workers.

Demonstrators set fire to garbage cans and threw Molotov cocktails, and police responded with tear gas and stun grenades, AFP reported.

Violent clashes between police and demonstrators in AthensPAP/EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

On Sunday morning, more than 7,000 people gathered in front of the parliament in Athens to express their anger after Tuesday’s train crash near the city of Larisa, which – according to preliminary findings – was caused by human error, and was also caused by many years of neglect on the railway.

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Strikes paralyze the operation of railways and subways

– Nothing is going well in this country, hospitals are dying, schools are closing, forests are burning… Who are they kidding? – Nikos Tsikalakis, president of the railway workers’ union, said in an interview with a journalist of the agency, accusing the authorities of the current situation.

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In the aftermath of the disaster, Greek railway workers’ unions went on strike on Thursday, halting the operation of the country’s railways and the Athens metro. Railway workers are protesting working conditions and the “dangerous lack of modernization of the railway system”, caused by the lack of investment in the sector during years of deep financial crisis that shook the Greece for most of the previous decade.


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