In Greece protesting against the agreement with Macedonia

В Греции протестуют против соглашения с Македонией

The vote on the agreement with Macedonia in the Greek Parliament will take place next week. It is expected that the government will be able to get the support of most MPs.

In Athens on Sunday, January 20, tens of thousands of people gathered for a rally against the agreement with Macedonia on renaming the Balkan countries, reports Ekathimerini.

Civic groups stepped up the campaign in social networks to attract more demonstrators on Syntagma square to protest, which began at 14:00 local time.

Local authorities, churches and monasteries rented dozens of buses in the regions, to bring people from all over the country to the capital.

Already, clashes of protesters with police officers.

В Греции протестуют против соглашения с Македонией

The organizers said that they expect a larger turnout than in February last year. Then the police said that the protest 140,000, and organizers said that was 10 times more.

The vote on the agreement with Macedonia in the Greek Parliament will take place next week. It is expected that the government will be able to get the support of most MPs.

We will remind, in exchange for the rejection of Macedonia from the old name and rename to Republic of Northern Macedonia Athens has promised to remove the veto on the desire Skopje to join NATO and the European Union.

The entry into force of the agreement will end one of the longest in the world diplomatic dispute that began nearly three decades ago with the proclamation of Macedonia’s independence. Since 1991, Athens has denied that Macedonia has the right to bear his name, because Greece has a province, which in ancient times was the cradle of the Empire of Alexander the great.

The name is more important. Macedonia got stuck on the way to EU and NATO

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