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Striking Workers Shut Greek Tourist Site

Riot police clash with protesters at the gate of the ancient Acropolis site, Athens' most popular tourist site, which was blocked by angry workers, 14 Oct 2010

Authorities in Greece have sent riot police to a top tourist attraction after striking government workers shut down the Acropolis for a second day.

Police were stationed outside the entrance to the site Thursday, where workers have blockaded the gate.

The culture ministry employees are protesting the dismissal of workers whose contracts expire at the end of the month. They are also demanding the government provide months of unpaid salaries.

Dozens of tourists were also outside the site Thursday.

The Acropolis is a UNESCO World Heritage site that holds the ruins of several ancient Greek temples, including the famed Parthenon.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.