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Clashes in Athens over train tragedy, 5 detained

Greek PM apologizes to families of victims

05 March, 16:52
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, 05 MAR - Violent clashes occurred today between police and protesters in Athens on the sidelines of a demonstration after the train disaster in Greece that left 57 people dead. In front of the Parliament, where thousands had gathered, some demonstrators set fire to garbage cans and threw Molotov bottles. Police responded with tear gas, stun grenades, and lightening charges. Police detained five people; seven policemen were injured as police report accusing those detained of throwing stones and incendiary bottles at officers.

This morning Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis apologized to the families of the victims. "As prime minister, I owe it to everyone, but especially to the relatives of the victims, to ask for forgiveness," he wrote in a message addressed to Greeks and posted on his Facebook account. "In the Greece of 2023, it is not possible for two trains to travel in opposite directions on the same line and not be noticed by anyone." (ANSA).

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