Name Change Protests in Greece Continue

The recent agreement for Macedonia’s name change made between the country of Greece and Macedonia continue to spark protests in both countries, with thousands marching on different sides of the issue.

Over 5000 Greek nationalists protested the name change in Thessaloniki.

The demonstrations took place in front of the Macedonian embassy and moved to the offices of the two political parties in the ruling coalition – Syriza and Independent Greeks. Protesters were throwing bottles and chairs in front of the party representatives. The police responded with teargas and stun grenades. There are no reports of anyone injured or arrested.

The solution of the Macedonia naming dispute is seen as an important diplomatic advancement in the EU, however, nationalists in both Greece and Macedonia feel like the agreement betrays their country’s interests. Posters of the protests in Skopje yesterday said “Never North, Always Macedonia” in reference of the new name, North Macedonia.

The positions of the Greeks nationalists is that their northern neighbour has no right to the name of Macedonia in any way, shape, form, or geographical distinction.

Alex Dimchev

Alex Dimchev is a writer, editor, and weapons master for EUscoop.com

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