Protests in Athens

There were clashes between police and protestors outside Parliament on Saturday, during a protest rally against the agreement reached by Athens and Skopje to resolve the name dispute.

Police used tear gas to force back groups of protestors at the rally, while both Amalias Avenue and Vassilisis Sofias Avenue were closed to traffic.

Athens protests

After being forced back, a group of protestors shortly afterward made a second attempt to approach the Parliament building from the right-hand entrance but were again prevented by teargas. During these incidents, one demonstrator suffered minor injuries.

Protestors, who had started gathering in Syntagma Square opposite parliament in the late afternoon, remained on the square waving Greek flags and the ‘Star of Vergina’ to express their opposition to the “Republic of Northern Macedonia” name deal.

Using social media, the Campaign Committee for the Greekness of Macedonia urged mass participation in the rallies taking place in Syntagma on Saturday and on Sunday at Pisoderi in Prespes – where the agreement is to be signed by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his FYROM counterpart Zoran Zaev.

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GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.

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