A shopper walks through Athens’s central meat market …

A shopper walks through Athens’s central meat market yesterday, where business has slowly been picking up before the holidays. In a gesture of good will to the public, garbage collectors, on the sixth day of an indefinite strike, yesterday collected piles of rotting meat and fish in the streets outside the central market. A court is to decide today whether to rule their strike illegal and excessive. But the garbage collectors, who are demanding higher wages, were infuriated after a clash with police who stopped them from driving garbage trucks to city hall. Workers threw stones and police used tear gas to subdue them. The museum – where Greece hopes to display the Elgin Collection of sculptures from the Acropolis, if the British Museum ever gives it back – will be built according to plans by US-Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi and Greece’s Michalis Fotiadis.

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