Support for the return of the Parthenon Marbles from the UK to Greece has increased further after members of the Victoria State government in Australia added their voice to the debate.
Speaking at an event organised by Melbourne’s Greek community last week, Victoria State premier Daniel Andrews stressed that the injustice of Lord Elgin’s actions, when he had the marbles transferred to the UK from Greece, must be corrected: “We demand and continue to demand the restoration of the injustice done by Lord Elgin two centuries earlier. 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 said.
Greek-Australian actress, Mary Coustas, was another who added her voice during the event by critisising the UK’s continued stance: “Britain is conveniently ignoring the screams from the world,” she said.
The UK remains steadfast in its refusal to discuss the idea of returning the Marbles, which have been housed in the British Museum since the government purchased them from Elgin. Many in the UK also support the return of the Marbles to Athens with Stephen Fry being one of the most vocal.