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 stated the strike was in assist of “the nationwide demand to assign duty for the (practice) crime and take all measures” to stop 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 operating on the identical monitor.

Many 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 likely be held Thursday over the tragedy, which uncovered a long time of security failings in Greek railways and has put main strain 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 collection of typically 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 stated. 

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.

Appearing transport minister Giorgos Gerapetritis this week stated rail site visitors will step by step 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 reduce to half within the newest surveys.

The PM has come below hearth for initially pointing to “human error” for the accident and blaming the station grasp on responsibility on the time, who allegedly routed the trains onto the identical stretch of monitor 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 at the moment are anticipated in Could.