May 24, 2013
Families of Once tragedy victims renew calls for justice, blast Gov't
On the first anniversary of the train accident that left 51 people dead at the Once station, families and friends of the victims held a ceremony to remember those who lost their lives and called for justice as they targeted Government officials.
The families conducted the ceremony on Platform 2 of the train station, while holding a flag calling for justice, along with 51 red roses and 51 candles. They applauded at 8:32 AM (the exact time at which the accident took place) and called for justice as they remembers the 51 victims and over 700 people injured.
Actor Manuel Callau read a document in which he targeted former Transportation Secretary Juan Pablo Schiavi, who they accused of “blaming the victims” after he said that the tragedy had taken place because people “were all gathering on the first car.”
Security Minister Nilda Garré was also targeted over her statements regarding passenger Lucas Menghini, whose body was found after several days inside the wreckage. Garré had said Menghini was traveling “in an inappropriate spot.”
The crowd also criticized President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner for her “unexplainable silence” after the tragedy.
“There is a chain of corruption in the concession that can be identified by name and last name,” their message said.
Later, a mass was held at the Metropolitan Cathedral in downtown Buenos Aires, where Monsignor Eduardo García claimed that the "absurd death" should never be present again.
"Not only you are praying, you are not alone. All the Church joins you today in your grief," he continued.
By 5 pm, people began gathering at the Plaza de Mayo square, where families read a document to the crowd and projected a video as part of their call for justice.
Afterwards, several national artists held a festival to honour the victims of the train crash.
The Once tragedy took place on February 22nd, 2012, when a train from the Sarmiento line coming from Moreno failed to brake properly as it entered the station, colliding with the end of the platform.
The crash left 51 dead and 700 people injured.