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Greece faces fresh strikes, protests over rail crash

Tragedy killed 57 people last week

08 March, 10:48
(ANSA-AFP) - ATHENS, MAR 8 - Greece faces a fresh round of mass strikes and nationwide protests on Wednesday as anger mounts over the country's worst rail tragedy that killed 57 people last week. Fourteen people remain in hospital after a freight train crashed head-on with a passenger train, carrying mostly students, near the central city of Larissa on February 28. A station master, who admitted forgetting to reroute one of the trains, has been arrested and charged with negligent homicide and transport disruption. He faces life in jail if convicted. But public anger remains widespread in Greece over decades of government mismanagement of the rail network and a failure to pursue safety reforms. On Wednesday, Greek civil servants are to stage a fresh 24-hour walkout alongside doctors, schoolteachers, bus drivers and ferry crew. Railways will remain paralysed for an eighth straight day, as train workers extend strike action they launched in the aftermath of the accident.


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