Amid Greek austerity, plunder of priceless treasuresBy Theopi Skarlatos

22 Jul 2013 8:46 AM | Anonymous

Amid Greek austerity, plunder of priceless treasures

Greek police are trying to stem the rise in illegal antiquity trading

The financial crisis in Greece has already had far-reaching consequences for many people, but now it is claiming a new casualty as some of the country's ancient treasures become a target for thieves.

Detective Gergios Tsoukalis puffs nervously on his cigar. In the passenger's seat of a taxi, he grapples with four different mobile phones as he tries to co-ordinate the arrest of yet another antiquities smuggler.

As the driver pulls into the port, he sees ahead of him that plainclothes police officers have already pounced on the unassuming man, who is completely shocked by the early-morning operation.

 

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