Australia backs return of Parthenon Marbles

Australia backs return of Parthenon Marbles

The premier of the state of Victoria in Australia has thrown his weight behind Greek calls for the return to Greece of the Parthenon Marbles from the British Museum in London.

“We demand and continue to demand the restoration of the injustice done by Lord Elgin two centuries earlier,” Victoria State Premier Daniel Andrews reportedly said at the unveiling of a replica of a section of the Parthenon Marbles at the Greek Center in Melbourne at the weekend.

“This is not just my personal opinion but a standing demand of the Victoria government and all the parties that are part of it and will not change until this injustice has been restored,” he added.

The event was attended by political leaders from different parties as well as celebrities.

“Britain is conveniently ignoring the screams from the world,” Greek-Australian actress Mary Coustas said, and urged people to “keep the dream alive and keep applying pressure.”