A group of more than 2,000 Armenians, Greek-Armenians and Greeks marched through Thessaloniki on Saturday to protest against Azerbaijan and Turkey and their role in the ongoing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Among the protesters were local politicians from Thessaloniki and important members of the local Armenian community. The demonstrators chanted Armenian anthems and held banners and slogans speaking out against Azerbaijan, Turkey and demanding the recognition of the government of Artsakh.
The group marched towards the Armenian Community Center where they prayed for the souls of the lost soldiers. A man burning a handmade flag of Azerbaijan received applause from the protesters.
The conflict between the two sides resumed last Sunday when Azeri and ethnic Armenian soldiers exchanged fire. It has been the heaviest fighting in the region since 2016 with dozens of casualties reported.
Both sides blame each other for the escalation. The Nagorno-Karabakh region is recognised internationally as part of Azerbaijan but has an independent government led by a majority group of ethnic Armenians.