25 Greek Cities Host Rallies on Macedonia Name Dispute



A massive crowd gathered in Thessaloniki in February

Tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in rallies opposing the use of the term Macedonia by FYROM in 25 cities in northern Greece on Wednesday.

The rallies in the town of Pella, the birthplace of Alexander the Great, and elsewhere are meant to show that residents of Greece’s Macedonia province are “in a state of alert” over the negotiations between the Greek and FYROM governments, organizers said.

Rally organizers called Monday for any agreement to be put to a referendum in Greece, and insisted that the word Macedonia should not be included in the country’s name under any permutation.

That would exclude names reportedly under discussion such as New Macedonia or Northern Macedonia.

On Monday, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said that he expects the FYROM naming issue to be resolved soon with a new moniker being chosen from ‘New Macedonia’, ‘Upper Macedonia’, or ‘North Macedonia’.

Massive protests have been held in Thessaloniki and Athens in February when the two governments announced a new push at a solution was under way.