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This may look like an unfinished bridge, but it's just a bridge that was used for loading minerals to ships. The place is Mega Livadi, at Serifos island, Kyklades, and it was one of the most important mineral centers of the island, along with Koutalas a few km to the east.

Serifos was a very important mining center since the ancient years, and reached its peak in the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. The exploitation of the mines during this last period passed from French to German and the last decades to Greek Hands, until the 60's or 70's when they closed.

Here in Mega Livadi took place one of the most important uprising in the history of Greek workers movement in 1916. The working conditions under the German owner Groman, were the worst all over Europe and when the workers started a strike for their rights, the presence of the police led to a fight that left 4 workers and 2 policemen dead. The workers took control of the mines and the whole island, until some days later the army and the navy appeared. Here's how WIKIPEDIA describes the facts:

"At the turn of the 20th century, Serifos emerged as a major mining site. The shafts which employed large percentages of the local male population were exploited by the German family of the Gromans. The working conditions in the mines scored amongst the poorest in Europe and though the exact number of in-site deaths is unspecified, historians estimate it in the thousands. In response to the appalling conditions and the legendary brutality of Groman's foremen, in 1916 the miners organized a strike calling for improvement in conditions and an 8 hour workday. The strike was effectively organized by Constantinos Speras, a local anarchosyndicalist with long experience of labour struggles in the mainland. In response to the strike, Groman asked for the help of he Greek authorities which sent a national guard detachment from a nearby island. Imprisoning Speras and the entire labour leadership, the guard turned its weapons against the striking workers demanding they return to work. When the latter refused, the guard opened fire, killing 4 workers and wounding scores. In response, the bystander wives of the workers took up stones and attacked the forces of repression, killing the entirety of the armed detachment and throwing the bodies in the sea. The freed leadership then proceeded to proclaim the island a workers' council commune, leading to an effort of collective proletarian self-organisation cut short by the arrival of a French warship, whose command made clear to the workers that despite them flying the French flag, the Republic had no jurisdiction to support them against the counterattack of the Greek State. Thus Groman was given once again the control of the mines, having however guaranteed improved working conditions and an 8 hours workday. Speras would return to Athens only to be assassinated years later by Communist Party (KKE) maximalists."

***ABOUT THE PHOTO***
I wanted to catch some movement of the clouds, so I set manually the ISO to 50, put a circular polarizer and a ND4 (2-stop down) filter, used a small aperture (f/22) and put the camera on the tripod. Here's the result.

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