Greece protests – level 3
Days of protests have taken place after the deadliest rail disaster in Greece’s history.
The crash occurred near the city of Larissa on 28 February when a passenger and freight train were traveling toward one another on the same track. The first four carriages of the passenger train were derailed, and the first two caught fire and were almost destroyed. 57 people died in the crash, and dozens were injured. The crash has been widely attributed to human error and a lack of safety measures in the transport network.
The demonstrators gathering over several days are demanding better safety standards and they express sympathy for the lives lost in the accident. In the capital Athens, clashes between protesters and police were reported on Sunday, as an estimated 12,000 people joined the demonstration.
Difficult words: derail (to cause a train or tram to leave its tracks accidentally), attribute (to say or think that something is the result of a particular thing).
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What kind of safety regulations do protesters want to see implemented to prevent disasters like the one in Larissa from occurring in the future?
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