Greece: Thousands March for Justice [sic] After Train Disaster

Source: Common Dreams

“Tens of thousands of people marched throughout Greece on Wednesday (amid a nationwide walkout organized by labor unions and student associations) to demand accountability and reforms in the wake of the country’s deadliest train disaster, which has been attributed to austerity imposed from abroad. The February 28 crash that killed 57 people and injured another 72 has sparked public outrage over the deteriorating quality of the rail network. As Reuters reported, ‘Striking workers say years of neglect, underinvestment, and understaffing, a legacy of Greece’s decade-long debt crisis, are to blame.’ ‘Greece sold its state-owned railway operator, now called Hellenic Train, to Italy’s state-owned Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane in 2017 during its debt crisis,’ the news outlet noted. ‘The sale was a term in the country’s bailout agreements with the European Union and the Washington-based International Monetary Fund.'” (03/08/23)