Police and activists came face to face in protests organized in different cities of the country for those who lost their lives in the train accident that took place on the night of February 28 in Greece.
The Hellenic Confederation of Civil Service Trade Unions (ADEDY) and the Greek Confederation of Trade Unions (GSEE) called for a 24-hour strike to draw attention to the incident.
While many people from different sectors took part in the strike, public transport in the capital, Athens, was stopped due to the strike, and flights were cancelled.
Thousands of activists gathered in Athens to march to the parliament building on Syntagma Square. The police responded with tear gas at a group of demonstrators who threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the police.
A group of activists attacked the parked car of Olga Irovasili, an MP for the main opposition party, the Alliance of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), who was taking part in the protest. As a result of the attack, the windows of the car were shattered, and the police guard of Yerovasili received minor injuries.
During the protests over the train accident in Thessaloniki and Patra, a clash broke out between the police and the demonstrators, and the police intervened with tear gas.
57 people, mostly university students, died in the accident that occurred on Tuesday, February 28, at 23.20 local time, in the Tempe district, 26 kilometers from the city of Larissa.
The collision of a passenger and a freight train while they were moving in opposite directions on the same railway line revealed the lack of infrastructure and security systems on Greek railways, and negligence led to reactions.
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