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Strong Reactions As Workers Shut Down Acropolis Due to Heat Wave on Jul 16/2012

Hundreds of tourists were surprised, disappointed and angry to find the gates of Acropolis shut down on Monday noon. The workers had deliberately decided to shut down the Acropolis at 02:00 pm on July 16th 2012, “due to the heat wave” invoking the protection of visitors and working staff. The decision made by the Panhellenic Union of Employees at Archaeological Sites  triggered strong reactions as debt-ridden Greece desperately needs revenues from tourism. The site of Acropolis is normally open until 8 p.m.

Members of the Archaeological Sites Union and also the deputy minister of Culture justified the decision this morning with appearences in Greek television channels. “There is a relevant law provision for extreme weather conditions” workers and government official said reminding that on Monday the temperature was 43+ degrees Celsius. The workers said that there were three fainting incidents yesterday,  with one site guard and two tourists.

Greek journalists replied “So what?” and “How about the workers of the private sector who also work exposed to the extreme heat?” Journalists also criticized that “normally it is the Ministry that takes such decisions and not the workers.”

A representative from Greek communist party KKE defended the Acropolis workers in private Mega TV saying “So? What happened that tourists didn’t see the Acropolis?”

Πόρτα έφαγε και το αποητευμένο ζευγαράκι 

 Yes, so what if no tourist sees the Acropolis?

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Comment & Condemn

The key boards of Greek internet users got fire commenting and condemning the decision of the Acropolis guards. “At least there should have been a warning the previous day” wrote one, and another added ” What shall we say to tourists? It’s too hot for you to visit the Acropolis?”

A third one blamed the austerity imposed wages cuts in the public sector and blamed the guards for indifference. “With such wages cut you think guards feel like telling tourists ‘leave your handbags there, please?’ The guards do not get anything from the entrance fee anyway.”

An option would have been to close the Acropolis during the hottest noon hours. And allow those arriving with cruise-liners or being transit in Athens to walk on the rocky hill and admire the thousands-year old ancient buildings of great architecture and historic significance. Or just take a close look of what is formally proclaimed as the preeminent monument on the European Cultural Heritage list of monuments on 26 March 2007.

PS Culture? What culture? It’s too hot here, man!

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  1. They should all be FIRED for such incompetence!!!

    Oohh wait! They CAN’T BE!!

    So instead, a big “Sta PAPARIA MAS!!!!” to the tourists that travelled from far and wide to see one of the greatest monuments of our history!

    Hehe, lets keep biting the hand that feeds us and see where we end up!!

  2. Only really stupid tourists would think of going around the Acropolis at 2 pm when it is 42C in the shade.

    The tourist agencies should have a disclaimer: please do not visit our country if you are exceptionally stupid, because it will be a painful experience for both you and Greece.

    • Does being fat make one an authority on obesity? In the same regard, you should not consider yourself an authority on stupidity!

      • i was under the impression that KTG does not allow personal insults on here. I should be grateful if she would keep to her own policy and remove yours.

      • Let he who doesn’t sometimes show stupidy throw the first stone. But then, throwing stones is of course a stupid thing to do…

        • Right. But is throwing eggs and rotten vegetables more intelligent? How about shoes?

          • Shoes are to be aimed solely at US presidents.
            But if you are going to throw things, do it properly. Nothing like a good old-fashioned cream-pie throwing party, comedy capers style. I got one given to me for my 25th birthday, many, many moons ago. 750 gone off cream pies and a few barking mad friends. Best birthday ever. Didn’t like having to re-decorate the flat though.

          • Very good point. Instead of throwing stones, eggs or tomatoes, better throw a party!

          • keeptalkinggreece

            Once I got two on the head during Cologne Fashing and it was not nice at all, I can tell you!

          • How typically Greek of you to even complain about free candy!
            However, I feel sorry for your cute little head. I hope the incident didn’t leave a lasting impact?

          • keeptalkinggreece

            sure it did: I don’t like candy ever since. Furthermore, I wanted free beeer, no free candy.

          • Hmm, you want free beer thrown at you? Do you regularly participate in “wet t-shirt” events? Pictures, PLEAAAAAASE!

          • keeptalkinggreece

            you cann’t affort to watch

          • Oh…
            You Greeks should really lower the prices for amusements for the tourists!

  3. And what’s worse is the spelling. “DICIDON”???? For me it shows disrespect, disregard, off-handedness and the usual unprofessional
    attitude of civil servants, that do anything but serve.

  4. Tourism is for fun. A guard should risk his life in 43 oC to entertain people having fun? They did well to close it. The heat waves in the coming decades may wipe off population in Greece, and you are worrying about tourism.

    • keeptalkinggreece

      millions of people (in Greece and around the world) work outdoors in even higher than 43 degrees Celsius. Except for seven Acropolis guides, who have a heat allergy.

  5. Better to visit Turkey!