With truncheons and pepper spray detained by the Greek police, a group of right-wing extremists, on the courtyard of the Parliament in Athens.

demonstrators are chanting spells

The protesters carried Greek flags and chanted slogans such as “politicians – traitors”. They hurled stones and other objects and fireworks at the officers, told reporters on the spot in the television.

As some of the rioters attacked the officials with iron rods, the safety of people massively used tear gas and batons. Thousands of peaceful demonstrators – including many families – fled in a panic. “You can’t breathe in here; everywhere, tear gas spreads,” said people in the television.

tens of thousands of protesters

rights and nationalist organizations have protested with the mass rally of tens of thousands of people against the change of the name of Macedonia in Northern Macedonia.

protests in Athens

A similar agreement had met the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras 2018 with his counterpart from Skopje. The agreement is expected to be approved next week in the Greek Parliament. Because the Greek government had broken the coalition: The Minister of defence and chief of the right-wing populist party “Independent Greeks”, Panagiotis Kammenos, had stepped down. Then Tsipras supernatant of almost a vote of censure.

Because a Northern Greek province bearing the name Macedonia (Greek: Makedonia), in contrast, more than 70 percent of Greeks, according to surveys. They fear that the neighboring country could make territorial claims on the Northern Greek Region of Macedonia. They are also of the view that the neighbouring state, if he keep the word Macedonia in its name, tear the Hellenic cultural heritage.

The Parliament of Macedonia has ratified the agreement, despite similar reactions from nationalist circles already. On successful completion, also in Athens, North of Macedonia to NATO is to be a member, and later join the EU.


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