Protesters from the Jubilee Debt Campaign posed in front of the Greek Parthenon Marbles (Elgin Marbles) at the British Museum in London, Friday, waving banners calling for the EU to stop looting Greece and to cancel the Greek debt. The Parthenon Marbles are known in Britain as the 'Elgin Marbles' after the British Seventh Earl of Elgin Thomas Bruce, who procured the historical Greek artifacts from the Ottoman Empire in the early 1800s. The protesters pointed to the symbolism of the historic looting of Greek artifacts at a time when the EU is pressuring Greece to institute austerity, privatisation and deregulation. Researchers from the Jubilee Debt Campaign claim that 92 percent of the bailout fund to Greece went towards German and French banks, for which Greek taxpayers will ultimately pay the price. A statement published online by one of the protesters, Jonathan Stevenson, claims that "the Parthenon Marbles are an international symbol of the looting of Greece. We're here to say OXI (Greek: No) to the modern-day looting of Greece through forced austerity and privatisation to pay off the reckless loans of European banks." The Greek people will hold a referendum on Sunday 5 to decide whether to accept the austerity measures requested by the so-called "troika" (IMF, ECB, EC). A 'No' vote by the Greek people would reject new austerity measures that are demanded by Greece's creditors, while a 'Yes' would accept the institutions' conditions for a new Greek bailout package. Footage Courtesy of the Jubilee Debt Campaign.

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