Arm points to existence of at least seven statues from Greek shipwreck, already the source of most extensive and exciting
Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched in Athens Sunday to protest a potential compromise between Greece and FYR Macedonia over a long-standing name dispute.
Police estimated a crowd size of about 140,000, while organizers of the march claimed 1.5 million people from Greece and the Greek diaspora gathered to urge the government against brokering a deal regarding neighboring FYR Macedonia’s official name.
“The million protesters that the organizers imagined was wishful thinking,” Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in a statement released by his office.
“The crushing majority of Greek people conclude that foreign policy issues should not be dealt with with fanaticism.”
Greece and FYR Macedonia have been feuding over who gets to use the name since FYR Macedonia’s independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Many Greeks say allowing the neighboring country to use the name insults Greek history and implies a claim on the Greek territory also known as Macedonia — a…
On This Day
- 1822: The Revolutionary government of Greece outlawed slavery.
- 1826: Turkish forces occupied the small island of Vasiladi, outside Mesolonghi, making the situation of the besieged Greeks more difficult.
- 1919: Dodecanese Greeks demonstrated in Athens demanding "Enosis" (union) of the islands with Greece.
- 1968: Archbishop Makarios III was re-elected President of Cyprus obtaining 220,911 votes (96.29%) out of 229,488 valid votes cast.
- 1973: Nikos Koemtzis killed three persons and injured another six over a song he requested at a night club.
- Births: Evridiki, singer (1968)
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Footage shows rescue personnel airlifting child as people wait next to partially deflated rubber dinghy on Aegean coast