Greece: 140,000 protest Macedonia name dispute in Athens

A mass protest under the motto 'Macedonia is Greece' took place in Athens on Sunday, against the use of the name Macedonia by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Syntagma Square in front of the Greek Parliament, carrying flags and banners decrying the use of the name 'Macedonia' amid ongoing UN-mediated negotiations over the appellation... Еще of the former Yugoslav republic. According to Greek police, some 140,000 demonstrators attended the protest, which was organised by several local associations. Greek songwriter and composer, an icon of the Greek left Mikis Theodorakis addressed the crowd, saying «Macedonia was, is, and will forever be Greek.» He told the demonstrators that anarchists had daubed red paint over his home on Saturday to prevent him from participating in the protest. Many in Greece see the name 'Macedonia' as a threat to the Greek state, saying it implies a territorial claim its own eponymous region of northern Greece.

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