Participants of the rally «Macedonia is Greece» filled the whole center of Athens

© RIA Novosti / Gennady Melnykites in Athens. 4 Feb 2018Participants of the rally «Macedonia is Greece» filled the whole center of Athens© RIA Novosti / Gennady Melnik

Participants of the rally «Macedonia is Greece» filled the centre of Athens, the police don’t have data, how many people are involved in the action, the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

Participants of a large-scale rally «Macedonia is Greece» protesting against the use of neighbouring country names of, belonging to, according to the Greeks, Greece. The organizers have promised to gather for a rally a million people, it started at 14.00 local time (15.00 GMT).

As the correspondent of RIA Novosti, the protesters filled the Syntagma square in Athens, as well as all the neighboring streets. They are holding flags of Greece and the yellow flags of the Greek Orthodox Church, as well as posters with the slogan «Macedonia is Greece». In conversations with reporters, they explain that stand for the unity of Greece against the «betrayal» of national interests (meaning the willingness of the Greek government to compromise with the Republic of Macedonia).

In addition, on the eve of a house of 92-year-old composer Mikis Theodorakis, who must speak at the main rally, was attacked by unknown — pelted the building with dye packs and signing the anarchists, wrote a letter threatening that he has not played for the shares.

According to the police, «concreting» gathered about 400 people. They came to the rally from neighbouring «left» district of Exarchia, known for its anarchist and anti-globalization sentiments. According to police, both actions take place without incident.

© Photo : Gennadiy Melnik special Forces at a rally in Athens, Greece. 4 Feb 2018Participants of the rally «Macedonia is Greece» filled the whole center of Athens© Photo : Gennadiy Melnik special Forces at a rally in Athens, Greece. 4 Feb 2018

Neighbouring Greece is the country under its constitutional name Republic of Macedonia was recognized by more than 120 countries, one of the first Russia did in 1992. The UN and other international organizations the country is under the temporary name «Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia».

In Greece, a neighboring country call it only «Skopje» or «the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia». The basis for the dispute is the possibility of territorial claims from the Republic of Macedonia to the Greek region of Macedonia. Athens accuses Skopje of usurping the name of the historical province, the falsification of history and the ideology of irredentism, which is enshrined in the Constitution.

© RIA Novosti / Gennady Melnykites in Athens, Greece. 4 Feb 2018Participants of the rally «Macedonia is Greece» filled the whole center of Athens© RIA Novosti / Gennady Melnykites in Athens, Greece. 4 Feb 2018

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