Greek archaeologists staged a protest against 500 job losses, using the country’s past as symbols of the present which included a cardboard cut out of the Acropolis with a ‘for sale’ sign.
Also on show was a cardboard cut out ship with an EU flag as a sail, featuring Angela Merkel as a figurehead symbolising Greece being driven on a course set by the EU and especially Germany.
Despoina Loutsouba from the Greek Archaeological Union compared the job losses to another ancient practice:“We are shouting about stopping the human sacrifices in Greece and it’s not only Greece it’s all over Europe. It starts here. And if democracy started here and spread everywhere in the world, now the human sacrifices will start here and spread through the world,” she said.
Greece has 19,000 archaeological sites, staffed by nearly 7000 people.
But, under conditions set for the country’s bailout, it has to dramatically downsize its public sector workforce.