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In the next years and decades, while the profits for the tobacco merchants became higher and higher, the conditions of work in the factories were really hard. This caused series of strikes and demonstrations, during the first decades of the 20th century, in which a lot of workers were injured and some of them lost their lives. This strong workers’ movement had a grate impact in Kavala’ s society, that is still reflected up today.
The statue of the photo represents the struggle of tobacco workers. It stands in the middle of Kapnergati square (tobacco workers’ square), one of the busiest squares in the city center. Most of the demonstrations, nowadays, still take place in this square.
The tobacco history of the city is very well represented in Tobacco Museum of Kavala (www.tobaccomuseum.gr), a thematic museum about the cultivation, elaboration and trade of tobacco, in the area. This very special biomatic museum is housed today in K. Palaiologou str. 4, but in the future will move in the emblematic building of the Municipal Tobacco Factory (second photo), in Kapnergati square.
Address: Kapnergati square - city center
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