After several days of protests in Greece following the tragic accident which occurred Tuesday, when a passenger train with more than 350 people collided with a greight train near de city of Larissa, resulting 57 people dead, on Sunday, demonstrators clashed with police in Athens. Police estimated 12,000 people attended the protest. Some of them threw petrol bombs. They also released hundreds of black balloons into the sky in memory of the dead. “We cannot, will not, and must not hide behind human error,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has apologized. A train station manager was arrested in Larissa.
The country’s transport minister resigned as the railway workers’ union blamed successive governments’ “disrespect” towards Greek railways. Funerals of deaths began Most killed were university students in the prime of life returning home from a public holiday. Of the 66 who were wounded, more than half remain in hospital. Several of them are on life support. Greek railways had the highest rates of risk to passengers by train kilometers traveled.