- The British Museum, The Duveen Gallery, The British Parliament, The IOC Ethics Commission,
In the 1800's, what started out as an attempt to plaster cast, sketch, and plagiarize architectural structures, ended up in bribery and thievery as Thomas Bruce, Seventh Earl of Elgin, systematically dismantled pieces of the Parthenon and shipped them back to England. His hopes of worldly recognition were met with apprehension as many members of parliament questioned the methods of Bruce's acquisition.
He had lied and portrayed the structures as objects victimized by war thus gaining some support and assuaging any feeling of remorse as to the methods they were acquired.
Thomas Bruce, bribed Ottoman officials into allowing his team atop the Parthenon, a place they were forbidden to go until the Ottoman's sided with the British during the war with France. The Ottoman's did not care of this magnificent structure anyway, and decided to accept the bribes and allow the looting to begin. Today, Greece, as many other nations, are demanding that ill gotten antiquities be returned to their native lands, where they may still be shown to the world, only with pride and dignity and not a means of thievery and conquering. Returning the Marlbes is not a small issue to the Greek people.
Because the Greeks founded the Olympics, one of countless contributions toward the embetterment of mankind, we demand that the Marbles be returned prior to the 2012 Olympics in London. Our beloved 'Olympic Flame of Peace' will stay in Greece if the Marbles are not returned.
No Marbles? No Flame. No Kidding!
We the undersigned call upon the International Olympic Committee's Ethics Commission, The IOC Executive Board, Member of British Parliament, and The Duveen Gallery of the British Museum to recognize the Greek Heritage and Olympic History by returning the Parthenon "Elgin" Marbles back to Athens.
We strongly feel that in order to maintain Olympian Tradition, you must first respect the Olympian history and heritage. Return the Marbles to Greece or consider an Olympic Ceremony without an OLYMPIC FLAME.
The Boycott: London 2012 Olympics: No Marbles? No Flame. No Kidding! petition to The British Museum, The Duveen Gallery, The British Parliament, The IOC Ethics Commission, was written by Philippos and is in the category International Affairs at GoPetition.