Monument unveiled to honour 102 victims of Mati fire tragedy

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A monument dedicated to the 102 victims of the Mati fire was unveiled in Neos Voutzason on Thursday as people mourned for those lost in the deadly tragedy.

The mourning ceremony took place exactly two years after the deadly fire on July 23, 2018. The presented artwork symbolises the people who ran to be saved from the fiery flame.

Relatives and friends of the 102 victims left flowers at the base of the monument, with a memorial prayer also being performed by the Metropolitan of Kifisia, Marousi and Oropos Cyril.

Unveiling of the Monument of the victims of the fire in Mati . Photo: EUROKINISSI

Angeliki Papadopoulou, the resident who donated the monument, stressed that the need for justice is insurmountable.

“Vindication of the people who lost their loved ones, who lost their homes, and those who are are fighting with all their might to rebuild their homes and resurrect their lives,” Papadopoulou said.

“Justice will calm the souls of people who no longer exist among us,” he concluded.

Unveiling of the Monument of the victims of the fire in Mati. Photo: EUROKINISSI

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis also spoke about the anniversary of the deadly fire, saying that “we will never forget the dead.”

The blaze on Greece’s eastern coast grew is still regarded as one of the largest urban wildfires in recent European history.

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