Following the success of Sunday’s massive protest in Thessaloniki where hundreds of thousands demonstrated against the use of the term ‘Macedonia’ by FYROM, a new rally is to be held in Athens on Feb. 4.
The rally — headlined ‘Macedonia is Greece’ — is being organized mainly through social media. It will be held in Syntagma Square opposite the Greek parliament.
Lawyer Dimitris Michakis, a member of the organizing committee, says the there is enormous interest for the rally.
“People from all over Greece, even from abroad, are calling and sending messages of support,” he was quoted as saying.
Speaking to Greek daily Kathimerini, he said the rally will show that Greek people are angry and their voice must be heard by the government.
“It will send the message that Greeks are not prepared to concede the name of Macedonia that historically belongs to Greece,” he added.
The Greek government is currently engaged in a new round of talks with FYROM over the name of the former Yugoslav republic.
Greek premier Alexis Tsipras is due to meet his FYROM counterpart Zoran Zaev on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum summit in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday.
As the previous rally in Thessaloniki revealed, there remains strong opposition to a compromise solution that would include the term ‘Macedonia’ in the composite name of Greece’s northern neighbor.
The government tried to downplay the significance of the Thessaloniki rally, but may find it difficult to ignore the growing opposition.