Normality Resumes In Greece: Riot Police Storm Acropolis Protest
Time for some live coverage from Athens. From Sky News:
Baton-toting police have stormed the Acropolis clashing with government workers and blocking Greece's most sacrosanct archeological site for a second day.
The scuffles, watched by astonished tourists, erupted when police burst into the grounds of the landmark attraction through a side entrance.
Protesters clung onto the gates, defying repeated orders to clear the entrance.
At least 30 government workers had occupied the Acropolis overnight, barricading themselves inside and changing the padiock on the main gate to keep police out.
"A prosecutor was called in and orders were issued to clear them out," deputy culture minister Tylemachos Hytiris told the Athens-based Skai Television network.
Wielding batons and firing two rounds of pepper spray, police pushed protesters away from the entrance and grabbed at least two employees who were whisked off in handcuffs.
A squadron of police officers remained at the gates, allowing tourists free entry to the 2,500 year old monument, Greece's biggest tourist atraction.
The culture ministry employees were protesting against plans by the government to scrap some 800 short-term contracts by the end of the month. They say they are already owed 22 months in back pay.
Greece is in the grips of a devastating financial crisis that has forced the socialist government to implement draconian austerity measures.
These include more than 9 billion euros (£8bn) in spending cuts in exchange for a 110 billion euro (£97bn) bailout.
The package was authorised by the International Monetary Fund and the European Union to avert Europe's first sovereign bankruptcy.
Recurring protests and social unrest have caused immense damage to the Greek tourism industry and brought the country to a standstill on several occasions.
It remains unclear whether the demonstrators will resort to further action.
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