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Greek cultural workers stage Acropolis protest

Thursday, November 08, 2012 - 01:03

Nov. 8 - Archaeologists, museum guides and historians demonstrate against austerity measures outside the famous Acropolis. Simon Hanna reports.

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The Acropolis - Greece's most famous tourist landmark, now the scene of more anti austerity demonstrations in Athens. Protesting here are archaeologists, museum guides and historians, all employed by the Culture Ministry which has slashed wages by 40 per cent since 2010. Now the passage of a bill in Parliament threatens to cut wages even further, along with pensions and benefits. Protesters here warn that Greek culture is being put in danger by these constant cuts. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) MUSEUM HISTORIAN, STATHIS GOTSIS: "We want to demonstrate to public opinion both locally and internationally that it's not just people that are having problems in Greece, but also the country's sites and monuments." Demonstrators held aloft a number of cartoons depicting how Greek culture is being affected by the EU driven austerity measures. This placard shows the Greek God Zeus begging on a street corner. Despite huge protests, the Greek government voted by a razor thin margin on Thursday to approve an austerity package needed to unlock much needed aid from the EU and IMF.

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Greek cultural workers stage Acropolis protest

Thursday, November 08, 2012 - 01:03

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