Global Hellenic Youth Forum organizes #bringthemarbleshome campaign on the 1st of April 2018 near the Acropolis Museum in Athens. The voices of 350 young Greeks from all over the world will rise up as one to send a strong message to the world that it's time for the Parthenon Marbles to return to their homeland Greece where they truly belong.
The assembled group of young Greeks will begin to march at 4.00 p.m. from the Zappeion to the Pnyx, with a stop near the Acropolis Museum, and read their Resolution to the UK Parliament and the British Museum at the Pnyx at 05.00 p.m. “I live in London and I’m lucky because I get to come home whenever I want. But imagine being trapped in a foreign country with no way home. The Parthenon Marbles have been kept hostage for 200 years now but it's time for them to return to their birthplace”, says the Secretary of the Organizing Committee of the Campaign, Mary Papadopoulos.
The mobilization of the Greek youth is organized within the framework of the Global Hellenic Youth Forum “Hellenic Youth in Action”, which will take place from 31st of March to 1st of April 2018 in Athens. The Forum is co-organized by 9 Global Hellenic Youth Unions in the framework of the Olympia 2016-2018. “The purpose of this forum is to connect Greek diaspora youth organizations and establish a collaborative platform for the sake of Hellenism. One of the main events of the forum is a march for reunification of the Parthenon Marbles. We invite everybody to join us and help bring the Parthenon Marbles home”, says the Coordinator of the Organizing Committee of the Forum, Alkis Anastasiadis.
History of the Parthenon Marbles
When Greece was still ruled by the Ottoman Empire in 19th century, Lord Elgin removed about half of the surviving sculptures of the Parthenon, as well as sculptures from the Propylaea and Erechtheum and transported them by sea to Britain. After gaining its independence from the Ottoman Empire, Greece began a series of projects to restore its monuments. The British Museum has always made clear that it cannot contemplate the removal of all of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens. To this day, Greece continues to urge the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece for their unification.
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