Tempi victims’ families urge Serres locals to not vote ex Transport Minister

May 15, 2023

Relatives of the victims of the deadly train collision in Tempi gathered outside the office of New Democracy politician, Costas Karamanlis, who was transport Minister at the time of the tragedy.

The mourning relatives who have established an association, traveled to the city of Serres on Sunday to demand Justice for the 57 victims.

Dozens of people demanded that the ex minister who resigned a day after the collision, will not run again for a seat in the Parliament on the May 21 elections.

With broken voice a young woman, as representative of the families, read one by one the names of all 57 victims

Τhey urged the people of Serres to not vote for the former Transport Minister (2019-1.March 2023).

with central slogan “I don’t forget – 57 souls want Justice!” they also chanted slogans “Tears dried up and became rage, the new generation does not forgive you!” and “Black [vote] to Karamanlis, what he deserves is prison!”

Almost half of the victims were young people, mostly students, returning home or to the univrsity after the long-weekend on Clean Monday, on February 28.

Serres in northern Greece is the hometown of the Karamanlis family, one of the few political families in Greece that has been sending lawmakers and prime ministers to rule over the Greeks, whether they are capable or not.

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Costas Karamanlis is a nephew of conservative New Democracy founder Constantinos Karamanlis, who was a four-time prime minister and two-term president of the Hellenic Republic.

It is worth noting that the gathering of the relatives of the Tempi victims was not broadcast by state and private television channels and it was covered only by some opposition newspapers and on social media.

The Tempi tragedy forced ruling New Democracy to postponed general elections for more than a month with the issue to have disappeared from the government-affiliated media, that is the overwhelming majority of the media in Greece.

ND has been closely monitoring public opinion polls on the Tempi tragedy and some media cheered a week ago “the gov’t survives the train crash.”

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