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Greek museum strike shut sites in Athens, Crete

March 2, 2018

Tourists take photographs with Acropolis Hill in the background during a 24-hour strike by ancient guards in Athens, Friday, March 2, 2018. Museums and archaeological sites in the wider Athens area and on the Greek island of Crete are shut for the day due to a strike by museum and site guards over a benefits dispute with the Culture Ministry. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Museums and archaeological sites in the wider Athens area and on the Greek island of Crete are shut for the day because of a strike by guards over a benefits dispute with the Culture Ministry.

Sites affected by Friday’s strike included Greece’s famed Acropolis in Athens, where disappointed tourists hoping to visit the Parthenon headed instead to a nearby hill to view the monument from afar. The nearby Acropolis Museum, however, remained open.

The museum guards’ union described the 24-hour work stoppage as a “warning strike.”

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