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May 13, 2015

The Ghost Factories Of Greece

The Ghost Factories Of Greece

As Athens faces growing pressure to reach agreement with lenders to avoid financial chaos, an angry Greek public feels the pain of cuts following a six-year recession, with unemployment more than double the euro zone average. A 2,500 km trip from Athens to northeastern Greece and back via the Peloponnese region in the south shows the remnants of a once-flourishing Greek industry, which has suffered a 30 percent drop in production from its peak. Abandoned factories, previously making goods from timber to textiles and cooking oil, are often looted, adding to the scenes of desolation.

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The rusty gate of a deserted textile factory that closed in 1995 is seen near the town of Larissa in Thessaly region, Greece April 22, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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The interior of a deserted textile factory that closed in 1995 is seen near the town of Larissa in Thessaly region, Greece April 22, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A deserted textile factory that closed in 1995 is seen near the town of Larissa in Thessaly region, Greece April 22, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A broken marble sign that reads "Accountant's Office" lies on the floor of a deserted marble factory that closed in 2006 near the town of Larissa in Thessaly region, Greece April 22, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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An accounting book lies on the floor of the management offices of a deserted marble factory that closed in 2006 near the town of Larissa in Thessaly region, Greece April 22, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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The entrance of a deserted marble factory, which closed in 2006, is seen near the town of Larissa in Thessaly region, Greece April 22, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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The remains of roof lighting is seen inside a deserted fruit packing factory that closed in the late 1990s near the town of Xanthi in Thrace region, Greece April 25, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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Graffiti is seen inside a deserted fruit packing factory that closed in the late 1990s near the town of Xanthi in Thrace region, Greece April 25, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A box is seen on the floor of a deserted fruit packing factory that closed in the late 1990s near the town of Xanthi in Thrace region, Greece April 25, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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Bond documents in Drachma currency dated October 25, 1985 are seen on top of sunflower seeds in a deserted dry nut factory that closed in 1995 near the town of Xanthi in Thrace region, Greece April 24, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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The sign of a plastic tube factory that closed in 2011 is seen near the town of Kavala in Thrace region, Greece April 25, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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Graffiti is seen inside a deserted dry nut factory that closed in 1995 near the town of Xanthi in Thrace region, Greece April 24, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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File cabinets and documents are seen in a deserted dry nut factory that closed in 1995 near the town of Xanthi in Thrace region, Greece April 24, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A chair is seen in a food factory that closed in 2009 near the town of Xanthi in Thrace region, Greece April 24, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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Part of a food factory that closed in 2009 is seen near the town of Xanthi in Thrace region, Greece April 24, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A destroyed sign on a closed textile factory that closed in 2003 is seen in the town of Thebes in Sterea Hellas region, Greece April 25, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A deserted factory is seen in the industrial zone of the town of Thebes in Sterea Hellas region, Greece April 25, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A view shows the Izola factory in the town of Thebes in Sterea Hellas region, Greece April 25, 2015. Izola, a manufacturer of home appliances in Greece was founded in 1930 and closed in 1986. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A calendar from the year 2000 is seen next to a destroyed electricity panel inside a cotton spinning factory in the town of Larissa in Thessaly region, Greece April 22, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A deserted factory stands in the industrial zone of the town of Thebes in Sterea Hellas region, Greece April 25, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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Boxes of cotton thread are seen inside a cotton spinning factory that closed in 2000 in the town of Larissa in Thessaly region, Greece April 22, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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The offices of a cotton spinning factory that closed in 2000 are seen in the town of Larissa in Thessaly region, Greece April 22, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A deserted industrial building, part of the local customs bureau, is seen in front of the snowcapped Mount Olympus near the town of Larissa in Thessaly region, Greece April 22, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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Deserted grain silos are seen in front of the snowcapped Mount Olympus near the town of Larissa in Thessaly region, Greece April 22, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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Poppies are seen near a deserted metal construction close to the town of Larissa in Thessaly region, Greece April 22, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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Machinery is seen inside a deserted milk factory that closed in the late 1980s in the town of Larissa in Thessaly region, Greece April 22, 2015. Yannis Behrakis/REUTERS

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The shadow of a man is cast on a wall in the basement of a deserted textile factory that closed in 1995 near the town of Larissa in Thessaly region, Greece April 22, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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Graffiti is seen inside a manager's office at a deserted textile factory that closed in 1995 near the town of Larissa in Thessaly region, Greece April 22, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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Graffiti is painted on the walls of a deserted textile factory that closed in 1995 near the town of Larissa in Thessaly region, Greece April 22, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A punch clock is seen at the entrance of a deserted cooking oil factory that closed in 1996 in the town of Elefsina in Sterea Hellas region, Greece April 28, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A Greek flag is draped over the gate of a deserted cooking oil factory that closed in 1996 in the town of Elefsina in Sterea Hellas region, Greece April 28, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A destroyed silo is seen in a deserted cooking oil factory that closed in 1996 in the town of Elefsina in Sterea Hellas region, Greece April 28, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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An old photograph of the factory is seen in a deserted cooking oil factory that closed in 1996 in the town of Elefsina in Sterea Hellas region, Greece April 28, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A water bill is placed at the gate of a clothes factory that closed in 2013 in the Sindos industrial zone of the town of Thessaloniki in central Macedonia region, Greece April 23, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A deserted factory that closed in the early 1990s is seen in the Sindos industrial zone of the town of Thessaloniki in central Macedonia region, Greece April 23, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A metal factory with a collapsed roof is seen in the Sindos industrial zone of the town of Thessaloniki in central Macedonia region, Greece April 23, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A deserted factory that closed in the early 1990s is seen in the Sindos industrial zone of the town of Thessaloniki in central Macedonia region, Greece April 23, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A steel factory that closed in 2013 is seen in the town of Thessaloniki in central Macedonia region, Greece April 23, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A Goodyear tyre factory that closed in 1996 is seen in the Sindos industrial zone of the town of Thessaloniki in central Macedonia region, Greece April 23, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A Christmas tree is seen on the floor of a logistics and international transportation company that closed in 2012 in the town of Thessaloniki in central Macedonia region, Greece April 23, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A safe is seen inside an office at a logistics and international transportation company that closed in 2012 in the town of Thessaloniki in central Macedonia region, Greece April 23, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A deserted wood factory that closed in 2007 is seen in the town of Thessaloniki in central Macedonia region, Greece April 23, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A wild plant grows inside a deserted insulation factory that closed in the 1980s near the town of Xanthi in Thrace region, Greece April 25, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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A first aid box hangs off a wall at a deserted wood factory that closed in 2007 in the town of Thessaloniki in central Macedonia region, Greece April 23, 2015. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

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