Annoyed Greek residents and railway employees are protesting the nation’s worst rail catastrophe whereas politicians scramble to revive order.
1000’s of Greeks have protested to demand justice for no less than 57 folks killed within the nation’s worst rail catastrophe.
Some households have been nonetheless determined to find family members who have been on the practice and some demonstrations turned violent on Friday as public anger elevated over the position that authorities mismanagement performed within the tragedy.
Authorities have conceded that there had been failures in state administration of the community.
Audio information have been among the many objects seized throughout a police raid on the Larissa practice station in central Greece, the place Tuesday’s crash occurred, a judicial supply advised AFP information company.
The passenger practice ran for a number of kilometres on the identical observe as an incoming freight practice earlier than the crash, reportedly after the station grasp in Larissa did not reroute one of many trains.
It was carrying many college students coming back from a vacation weekend.
The catastrophe has sparked widespread criticism of presidency failures within the rail community, and protesters held one other collection of demonstrations on Friday within the capital Athens and several other main cities throughout Greece.
In Thessaloniki – Greece’s second largest metropolis – police mentioned a protest of about 2,000 demonstrators turned violent on Thursday, with protesters throwing stones and petrol bombs.
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Mother and father’ frantic search
Survivors described scenes of horror and chaos when the crash occurred, with many dodging smashed glass and particles because the practice keeled over.
Some kin have been nonetheless desperately awaiting information of lacking family members with fury and despair.
“Nobody can inform me something –– if my little one is injured or in intensive care or something,” one girl advised AFP, desperately in search of information of her 23-year-old daughter Kalliopi.
Her 49-year-old husband Lazaros mentioned he’d solely found there had been a crash by watching the late night TV information.
“I woke my spouse up and requested her if our daughter was on that practice. That was when the nightmare started,” he mentioned.
Each have given DNA samples and at the moment are ready to search out out if their daughter is alive.
Roubini Leontari, the chief coroner at Larissa’s normal hospital, advised broadcaster ERT on Thursday that greater than 10 folks have been nonetheless unaccounted for, together with two Greek Cypriots.
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‘Tragic human error’
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who’s in search of re-election this spring, has blamed the catastrophe on “tragic human error”.
However protests pointing the finger at authorities mismanagement continued on Friday.
Indignant demonstrators have been demonstrating in Athens since Wednesday. By Friday, 1000’s of scholars have been staging sit-ins and demonstrating within the capital and different cities.
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