THIRTY workers of the Culture Department of the Junta de Andalucia staged a protest against the summer schedules that will leave Almeria castle closed for most of the week.
The protest took place at the doors of the Museum of Almeria where opening hours have been cut along with the Alcazaba monument.
Workers read out a statement prepared by chairman of the culture committee Lorenzo Cara, complaining about “the drastic reduction of hours of more than 60 per cent compared with the previous year. This year Almería celebrates its millenium year and the 80th anniversary of the Museum.
“It is viewed with sadness that the Junta does not know the importance of these centres. Closing the Museum of Almeria in the evenings hurts the city, its tourism and its workers.”
The Alcazaba is due to open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8pm to 10pm only. This is after a record number of visitors last year. Cara added: “What image are we projecting as a friendly city with its history and heritage when one of the most visited landmarks in Andalucia and one of the most important museums in Spain is closed for the summer in the afternoon?”
The workers have announced another protest for next week and may be accompanied by other social groups.