Under slogans such as “Our dead, their profits”, the protesters highlighted the fact that the train crash, which led to 57 deaths of mostly young people, was the outcome of criminal policies that treat safety and human life as a cost. It is a political choice over railway operation that has been implemented over the decades by all governments, including neoliberals (New Democracy) and social democrats (SYRIZA, PASOK).
The demonstrators demanded that the actual responsibilities and the culprits of the crime will be held accountable and punished. “This crime will not be covered up. Modern-Safe-Cheap Mass Transportation for the people. Against the criminal policy of profit,” is the slogan that dominates the demonstration, which extended from Omonia to Syntagma Square as people were constantly arriving in downtown Athens to protest.“We shouldn’t blame the bad timing, but the capitalist profit and those who governed and are governing this country. This slogan resonates today throughout Greece, in all over the country. The strike gatherings, the rallies of the labor unions, students and pupils associations and other mass organizations are big, optimistic and magnificent. We shall continue!”, said the General Secretary of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Dimitris Koutsoumbas in a statement to reporters.
The Piraeus Labour Center and Athens labour unions renewed their call for a mass protest gathering that will be held at Syntagma Square on Sunday (March 12) at 12:00 noon. At the same time, labour unions and students’ associations have called for another rally in Thessaloniki’s Aristotelous Square on Sunday 12 at 12:00.