Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Protect Greek Antiquities

Here is the jarring public-awareness video video produced by the Association of Greek Archaeologists, that has recently appeared on Greek television news:

"The kidnappers weren’t after the girl — they were after the statue".

The campaign’s central message — “Monuments have no voice. They must have yours” — is a much broader attack on deep cultural budget cuts being made as part of the austerity measures imposed on Greece by the European economic establishment. And a reminder that the world is full of no-questions-asked collectors willing to shell out for their own private piece of knocked-off "ancient art" which are not only a threat to the heritage of today's citizens but that of their children too. The hands in the video are those of the agents of the collectors and dealers of the international antiquities market.

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