April 25, 2012
Greece’s financial crisis has hit the country’s cultural sector particularly hard – it is easier to cut funding for an archaeology site, than it is for citizens who will vote against the people who made the cuts at the next election.
I’m slightly puzzled by the event in this article though – and the results it intends to produce – they are calling for protection of Greek heritage, with banners in the room where the Parthenon Marbles are, but make no specific mention about the demands for the return of such artefacts (at least not any mentioned in the text).
Note – after this was written, the organisation contacted me to point out that they do also support the return of the Parthenon Marbles.
Solidarity Placard for Greeks Inside the British Museum
By Marianna Tsatsou on April 24, 2012
For years, the British Museum has been a sort of guest room for the Parthenon Marbles. Hundreds of tourists visit the Greek sculptures, despite the fact that they are many miles away from their birthplace.
Members of the Coalition of Resistance, President of which is British former politician Tony Benn, showed their support to Greece by hanging a placard writing “Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay. Solidarity for Greece” in the Hellenic Exhibition Hall of the British Museum.
They marked this peaceful demonstration as a symbolic “welcome note” for members of the Association of Greek Archaeologists visiting London to make an appeal to archaeologists and citizens all over the world to support the protection of cultural heritage and historical memory in Greece.
Their campaign, “Monuments have no voice. They must have yours,” accuses the IMF and the Troika of imposing austerity measures, such as wage cuts, leaving archaeologists, which are civil servants, and other workers unable to preserve the ancient Greek statues.
- Hillary Clinton travels to Athens to sign cultural heritage protection memorandum : February 2, 2012
- Philhelenism day : April 5, 2009
- Protecting archaeological heritage in times of economic crisis : May 9, 2012
- United Nations draft resolution on return of cultural property : December 5, 2006
- Seminar on War & Cultural Heritage : May 26, 2005
- Greek archaeological sites struggle to handle budget cuts : March 6, 2013
- E-petition for the return of the Elgin Marbles from the British Museum to Athens : November 18, 2010
- Philhellenism and International Solidarity Day : April 20, 2009