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Greece: Strikers close Acropolis for back pay

Greece: Strikers close Acropolis for back pay

Striking Culture Ministry employees closed the Acropolis to visitors Wednesday for the fifth time in two weeks, turning hundreds of tourists away from the ancient site.
The protesters are mostly contract workers demanding permanent jobs and back pay. Hundreds of visitors stood outside the entrance as strikers handed out fliers detailing their demands.
American tourist Kelly Scherer said she made the trip to Athens specifically to visit the Acropolis.
"I am unimaginably disappointed," said the 21-year-old from Connecticut. "The Acropolis is why you come to Athens. We rearranged our whole schedule to come here."
The protest went ahead despite a promise Tuesday from the Culture Ministry to address the strikers' demands. Protesters said they were skeptical of the government's statement.
"There are people who haven't been paid since November," said Yiannis Nakas, an archaeologist contracted by the Culture Ministry.


Updated : 2021-03-01 06:46 GMT+08:00