Greek journalists strike over rail tragedy

Journalists in Greece on Wednesday staged a 24-hour walkout, a part of two days of labour motion this week over final month’s rail tragedy that claimed 57 lives.

Journalists’ union Poesy mentioned the strike was in help of “the nationwide demand to assign duty for the (practice) crime and take all measures” to forestall additional lack of life.

The accident occurred shortly earlier than midnight on February 28 when a passenger practice crashed right into a freight practice in central Greece after each have been mistakenly left working on the identical observe.

A lot of the passengers have been college students getting back from a vacation weekend.

A number of individuals are nonetheless in hospital, and one passenger remains to be combating for his life.

A basic strike will probably be held Thursday over the tragedy, which uncovered many years of security failings in Greek railways and has put main stress on the conservative authorities forward of nationwide elections.

The stationmaster and three different railway officers have been charged, however public anger has centered on long-running mismanagement of the community and the nation has been rocked by a sequence of generally violent mass protests.

On Sunday, about 12,000 demonstrators gathered exterior parliament, whereas 5,000 took to the streets of the second metropolis Thessaloniki, police mentioned. 

Greece’s transport minister resigned after the crash and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has sought to appease public anger by repeatedly apologising and vowing a clear probe.

Performing transport minister Giorgos Gerapetritis this week mentioned rail visitors will progressively resume from March 22.

Gerapetritis and former transport ministers will seem earlier than a parliament committee on Monday to reply MPs’ questions on the tragedy.

With public anger mounting weeks earlier than elections, Mitsotakis has seen a 7.5-point lead in polls minimize to half within the newest surveys.

The PM has come beneath fireplace for initially pointing to “human error” for the accident and blaming the station grasp on obligation on the time, who allegedly routed the trains onto the identical stretch of observe accidentally.

However railway unions had lengthy been warning about issues on the underfunded and understaffed practice community.

Mitsotakis had been anticipated to set an April election date. Ballots are actually anticipated in Might.