Tens of thousands protest in Greece over country's deadliest train disaster

Tens of thousands of people marched in Greece on Wednesday to protest over the country's deadliest train disaster on record, as workers staged a nationwide, day-long walkout.

The crash on Feb. 28 killed 57 people and has stirred public outrage over the crumbling state of the rail network. Striking workers say years of neglect, underinvestment and understaffing - a legacy of Greece's decade-long debt crisis - are to blame.

More than 40,000 people, among them transport workers, students and teachers, marched in central Athens chanting "Murderers!" and "We are all in the same carriage".

A group of protesters clashed with police, who fired tear gas at the crowd.

Thousands also took to the streets in Greece's second-biggest city of Thessaloniki, where a group of protesters hurled stones at a government building. The protests coincided with a 24-hour strike called by workers of different sectors, which disrupted travel across the country.

Many of the around 350 people aboard an intercity passenger train that collided head-on with a freight train while travelling on the same track were university students heading north to Thessaloniki from Athens.

The disaster has sparked protests across Greece over the past week.

"Message me when you get there," a placard in Athens read, echoing what has become one of the protest slogans.

"You feel angry because the government did nothing for all of those kids. The public transport is a mess," said 19-year-old Nikomathi Vathi.

and we're not going to stop."

'No time for silence'


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