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Tempi Train Crash Victims: Thousands march in Greek cities demanding Justice

Thousands of citizens took to the streets of Athens, Thessaloniki and other major Greek cities on Wednesday to commemorate the 57 victims of the train collision disaster in Tempi a year ago, to demand “justice” and the end of cover up attempts from the side of the government.

Protesters spray paint “Our Lives” on the road outside the headquarters of Hellenic Train on the anniversary of the Tempi rail disaster.

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Protesters write down the names of the victims in front of the Parliament in downtown Athens.

Tempi tragedy site

Τέμπη: «Αγάπες μου, πού είστε;» – Ραγίζουν καρδιές στο μνημόσυνο για τα θύματα της εθνικής τραγωδίας

At the same time, relatives and friends of the victims gathered at the tragedy site with fresh flowers and candles in their hands, pictures and wreaths, tears in their eyes and their peace of mind lost forever.

Addressing the politicians and all those in charge, a mother who lost her twin daughters and a nice in the train crash told media:Enough with apologies and we’re sorry. They should assume responsibility. We’ll chase them till the last beat of our hearts.”

“Our home became a graveyard and the graveyard our second home,” said the mother of a 20-year-old victim.

Mitsotakis’ message angers people

Μητσοτάκης για την τραγωδία των Τεμπών: Η αλήθεια δεν αργεί, οι ένοχοι θα τιμωρηθούν

In his televised address to the nation, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his conviction that those responsible would be held accountable.

He admitted that “as a government and political system, we must acknowledge the collective failure behind this tragedy” and added that “our hearts go out to the families, who rightly express their sorrow,” Mitsotakis said.

Stressing that he “participates in the mourning of the homeland” triggered an outrage among Greeks on social media who swear at him and advised him to “stop speaking” – to say it politely.
Target of people’s anger became also ND MP Kostas Ach. Karamanlis who was Transport Minister since 2019 and did nothing to improve the safety in the rail network despite multiple written warnings by workers even a month before the disaster.
One year after the train disaster, fears of railway safety and infrastructure inadequacy prevail as nothing has been done so far.

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