Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Acropolis reopens after strike ends

Riot police stand guard at the entrance of ancient Acropolis site in Athens (AP)
Tourists unable to get into the closed Acropolis take pictures from a nearby hill (AP)
Tourists unable to get into the closed Acropolis take pictures from a nearby hill (AP)

The Acropolis has reopened after an industrial dispute kept thousands of visitors out of debt-ridden Greece's most famous monument for three days.

Filing through a double line of riot police protecting the gates, tourists started entering the ancient site as guards ended a five-hour strike.

The walkout came on the heels of a two-day blockade by hundreds of Culture Ministry employees, who were forcibly dispersed on Thursday by riot police using tear gas.

Dozens of protesting ministry workers remained outside the gates after the Acropolis reopened, but made no move to hinder visitors.

They complain that they are owed up to two years of back pay and face dismissal when their short-term contracts expire at the end of the month.

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