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Clashes erupt between police and protesters in Athens

Clashes erupt between police and protesters in Athens

At least 57 people were killed in a collision between a passenger train and a freight vehicle overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday near Larissa, Greece.

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“Abolish the government of murderers!”. Clashes broke out on the evening of Friday, March 3, between police and demonstrators in the center of Athens, on the sidelines of a demonstration in memory of the 57 people killed when two trains collided head-on on Tuesday. According to an AFP reporter, riot forces fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters who threw stones and Molotov cocktails at police during an earlier rally.

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Images from public television Earth showed that demonstrators gathered in Syntagma Square, located below the parliament, set fire to trash cans in particular. They also assaulted a police officer on the ground, according to AFP images. The incidents came at the end of a demonstration attended by more than 2,000 Greeks A minute’s silence was observed in memory of the 57 people killed.

First battles at Thessaloniki

Earlier today, a similar number of protesters demonstrated in the country’s second city, Thessaloniki, north of the Greek capital. Many victims studied there. At the start of the rally, brief skirmishes erupted between riot police and a small group of students who threw Molotov cocktails. According to an AFP journalist in Thessaloniki, police retaliated with tear gas before demonstrators moved from the rally sites where they resumed their march. But at the end of the rally, a small group of demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails again, prompting a similar response from riot police.

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Greece has been gripped by widespread anger after a human-error train crash that killed 57 people. The government admitted it on Thursday “Chronic Weaknesses” In the railway sector, the conflict has not succeeded in taming the anger of a nation upset.