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Names of Train Crash Victims Erased from Pavement Outside Parliament

February 29, 2024

ATHENS – The names of the 57 victims of a February, 2023 head-0n train crash that were written in red on pavement outside Parliament were removed by a cleaning crew after protests, drawing public anger.

Their names were under the word Murderers that was also written near the Evzones who stand guard outside the Parliament as tens of thousands of people demonstrated and demanded justice for the victims.

Roxani Bey, Deputy Mayor of Cleaning and Recycling of the Municipality of Athens, said her office wasn’t responsible and that the erasure was ordered by the official Parliament guard, the names being on the spot where tourists gather to take photos.

“I categorically state that I never ordered anything like this to happen and I was never informed of this unjustified action, which I strongly oppose. The criticism leveled is absolutely justified,” Bey said and apologized to the families of the victims.

The names of the 57 Tempi victims are being written in red on pavement outside Greek Parliament, Feb. 28, 2024. (Photo by Michalis Karagiannis/Eurokinissi/)

Some families of victims have brought suits and a petition signed by more than 800,000 people demanded that lawmakers and ministers be stripped of their immunity so that they can be prosecuted.

Also participating were members of the Hellenic Train union with a black banner reading “We counted ourselves and are now fewer”, while two banners were also put up at the Development Ministry and the Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) on Karolou street.

The road before the Hellenic Train offices was blocked by riot police buses, resulting in the strong protests by the marchers, and with Communist union PAME secretariat member Giorgos Perros declaring that “the presence of the riot police is a provocative act and an insult to the memory of the 57 victims, and shows that the government is complicit in the crime.”

The file of the train collision containing the Larissa appeals investigator’s work was received by the parliamentary committee on the accident but it’s controlled by the ruling

New Democracy that is keeping its work secret, leading rivals to walk out.

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