Saturday, October 10, 2020

KKE Europarliament group asks for the restoration of the Parthenon Marbles

With a question to the European Commission the EU Parliament Group of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) asks the full and permanent restitution of the 2,500 year-old Parthenon Marbles, also known as the "Elgin Marbles", which were removed from the Athens Acropolis by British diplomat Lord Elgin in the early 19th century.

As 902 portal reports, the question submitted by KKE MEP Lefteris Nikolaou-Alavanos reads: 

"The Parthenon of the Acropolis of Athens is Greece's cultural heritage and a world cultural treasure. About two centuries ago, part of the Parthenon sculptures were forcibly removed from their physical space and transported to London, as a result of an extensive theft by the British with the permission of the Ottoman conquerors. Today, the Parthenon sculptures are still illegally kept in the British Museum. Millions of visitors every year, both in the Acropolis of Athens and the British Museum, experience the emptiness and the looting that has taken place and are unable to admire the monument in its entirety. 

The return of the sculptures and the restoration of the Parthenon in the Acropolis of Athens as a unified monument at the place of its creation means respect for the value and symbolism of the monument, which is recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage of mankind. At the same time, it is a restoration of an old and continuing injustice. During all the years that the UK was a member of the EU the latter did not take any initiative for the return of the sculptures to Greece. 

The Commission is asked:

How does it position itself, in the face of the UK's withdrawal agreements from the EU, towards the demand for the full and permanent return of the Parthenon sculptures to their place and natural place so that they can be united with what they are inextricably linked in the Acropolis of Athens?"