Protests, strikes over train crash paralyze Greece
17 March 2023 | 8:50 pm
Workers joined the protest movement in Greece, with walkouts paralyzing airports, ports and public services. Nationwide protests have been ongoing since the tragedy that killed 57 people.
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Two villages north of Athens were evacuated after a forest fire broke out, while a major wildfire near the Turkish border raged for a third day. A man was killed during one of the fires.
Wildfires have been raging in northeastern Greece for days. Media reports suggest the bodies were those of migrants.
Greek firefighters have been battling blazes on numerous fronts, including near the capital. Prosecutors ordered an investigation into the causes of the fires and alleged claims of racism and scapegoating of migrants.
Hundreds of firefighters are battling the blaze at the edge of Greece's Dadia national park. The European Commission described it as the largest single fire in the history of the EU.
Protests broke out after it was revealed that the minister had met with her Israeli counterpart, possibly breaking Libyan law. The minister is now facing an investigation.
On 17 August 2023, popular protests over the high inflation rate and deteriorating economic situation in Syria erupted in the Druze majority city of Al-Suwayda, with hundreds of participants. These grew, and by 20 August, thousands of protesters chanted slogans demanding the downfall of Assad regime.
The wildfires raging in northern Greece are causing unprecedented devastation. Nature reserves have gone up in flames and livelihoods have been destroyed. Some Greeks have accused migrants of starting the blaze.
The Greek island of Paros, in the Cyclades, is a popular tourist destination during the summer season, when around 450,000 visitors flock to the picturesque island of 12,000 inhabitants. But locals have become exacerbated by this huge influx of tourists and the illegal privatisation of certain beaches. Protests have even erupted on Paros under the banner of "Reclaim the beach".
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At least seven people have died after torrential rains caused flash flooding in Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria. The deluge comes on the heels of extreme heat over summer.
More than a dozen people died in Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria as heavy rains hit parts of those countries. Record rainfall hit the central region of Magnesia in Greece.
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