Tens of thousands march in Greece to protest train disaster

Thousands of protesters take part in a demonstration, following the fatal collision of two trains, near the city of Larissa, in Thessaloniki, Greece, on Wednesday. [Murad Sezer/Reuters]

Tens of thousands of people marched in Athens and cities across Greece on Wednesday to protest the deaths of 57 people in the country's worst train disaster , which exposed significant rail safety deficiencies.

Labor unions and student associations organized the demonstrations, while strikes halted ferries to the islands and public transportation services in Athens, where at least 30,000 people took part in the protest.

Clashes broke out after the rallies in Athens and two other cities.

More than 20,000 people joined rallies in Thessaloniki, Greece's second-largest city, where several dozen youths challenged a police cordon. Twelve students from the city's university were among the dead in last week's head-on crash between two trains.

Police fired tear gas in the southern city of Patras, where a municipal band earlier played music from a funeral march...

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