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(en) Greece, liberta salonica: Gathering for the state-capitalist crime of Tempe | Wednesday 1/3, 18:30, Thessaloniki Railway Station (OSE) (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 19 Mar 2023 07:57:43 +0200

Strength to the families of the people who lost their lives in the train collision---- In Tempe, the greatest tragedy so far was written, a result of the sale of public property under the pretext of crisis. The looting that has been going on continuously since 2010 has left dozens dead and injured today, victims of the dominant ideology according to which the only thing that needs to be protected like the apple of an eye is capitalist profit. ---- Responsibility lies with all the governments that keep the OSE downgraded over time, preparing the ground for its sale. All those who signed the obligation to privatize OSE as a memorandum obligation in 2010 are responsible. Christos Spirtzis, who in 2017 sold OSE to Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane S.p.A., is nominally responsible. instead of the ridiculous amount of 45 million euros, at the same time that the Greek state assumed the responsibility of subsidizing it with 50 million euros a year to run specific routes. This vagabond then justified the sale by saying that "we sold TRAINOSE so that the Greek people don't have to pay a memorandum and a half".

The tragedy in Tempe is not an accident that no one expected. A few hours before the head-on collision between the commercial train and the passenger train, an electric power cable snapped and fell on a train carrying 450 passengers. Such accidents and breakdowns are a daily occurrence in recent years. All this while the government and the media often celebrate the supposed upgrades of the railway network and the supposedly modern trains with which the OSE is equipped. However, a report by Investigate Europe entitled "'All I can say is good luck': How Swiss scrapped trains are returning to Greece" revealed on 18 February 2022 that the second-hand ETR 470 trains advertised as an upgrade of of Greek railways are in fact extremely problematic and dangerous, acquiring the nickname "train of damage" 20 years ago in Switzerland, from which they were withdrawn in a bad way. Logically, we conclude that the aforementioned reports had more to do with paid commercials than journalism.

Railway workers have repeatedly complained through their trade unions about safety deficiencies. This last announcement on February 7, 2023, where DESK of Railways states: "We will not wait for the accident to come, to see them shed crocodile tears making findings". At the same time Hatzidakis was celebrating that TRAINOSE became profitable and the Minister of Transport K. Karamanlis was saying on February 20 that "we are not playing with the safety of passengers on trains". We saw it.

The crocodile tears of politicians and company executives, the slogans of "national tragedy" and the attribution of blame to "human errors" should not mislead us. The workers had warned in all tones that the accident was coming. They are the ones who struggle every day to get the job done and ensure the integrity of the crew and passengers with meager means. The minimum that needs to be done today is the cancellation of the sale of the OSE and the substantial upgrading of the railway network based on safety and the perception of transport as a public good that cannot operate on the basis of profit. But that's not enough. We must act collectively and organized to put an end to the absurdity called state and capitalism, to anti-socialism and the inhumanity of power. Organization and struggle for the social and class counterattack. Organizing and fighting to avenge our dead.


Gathering for the state-capitalist crime of Tempe

Wednesday 1/3 | 18:30

Thessaloniki Railway Station (OSE)

Freedom Initiative of Thessaloniki



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