Greece train accident: Police, protesters clash during rally in Athens

AFP | , by Shobhit Gupta

AFP reporters saw violent clashes between police and protesters outside the Greek parliament in Athens on Sunday, as thousands attended a rally following the country’s worst train crash.

Some protesters set trash cans on fire and threw Molotov cocktails, while police responded by firing tear gas and stun grenades, clearing the protesters from Syntagma Square within minutes.

Police said 12,000 people had gathered in front of parliament amid a huge stampede demanding accountability for Tuesday’s head-to-head collision near the central city of Larissa that sparked widespread outrage.

Read here: Greece train accident: death toll rises to 57, rescue operations underway

They released hundreds of black balloons into the sky in memory of the dead, some holding signs reading “Down with murderous governments”.

Train and metro services have come to a standstill due to the strike action.

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