Jim Mellas has visited Athens countless times, each visit a painful reminder of the centuries-old marbles that remain missing from the city’s world-famous Parthenon temple.
In June 2018 these reminders took the Melbourne native all the way to London, where he peacefully protested for the missing Parthenon Marbles to be returned to Athens by the British Museum, which has controversially held the sculptures for more than 200 years.
The Greek Aussie’s video (below) has since gone viral on Facebook, garnering more than 175,000 views and nearly 1,000 shares.
“Since the time I did the protest in June the response has just been overwhelming,” Mellas told The Pappas Post. “I am receiving hundreds of messages and responses every day from Greeks (and some non-Greeks) around the World expressing their support.”
The Melbourne-based barrister’s protest forms part of his broader ‘Return the Parthenon Sculptures’ campaign, which he has been actively promoting via Facebook.
Mellas said he has been passionate about the issue for many years and that he hopes other Greeks worldwide will follow suit.
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