The week did not go so well. Riots against austerity measures in Greece resulted in destruction of cultural property including neoclassical structures. Reports in the Maldives blamed "Islamic fundamentalists" for destruction of Buddhist and Hindu idols in museums. Also, it's roughly the year-anniversary for authorities in Bahrain razing the Pearl Monument, which has become a symbol of freedom and resistance. Greece also suffered an armed robbery at the Olympia museum. A theft at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts was finally publicized. Reportedly, last October, Roman (1st century AD) and Persian (5th century BC) objects were taken. As a sign of hope, a GBP1m grant from the European Research Council will help a team at Glasgow University study the illegal trade in antiquities.
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