Protests turned violent Sunday between Greek demonstrators and police as tens of thousands of people converged on Athens to oppose a name-change deal with FYR Macedonia.
Greece has long protested the name Macedonia, adopted by its northern neighbor after it split from Yugoslavia.
Greeks say FYR Macedonia’s new name — the Republic of North Macedonia — represents an attempt to appropriate Greek identity and cultural heritage, because Macedonia is also the name of Greece’s northern province made famous by Alexander the Great’s conquests.
The protests Sunday started out peacefully but later in the day demonstrators threw rocks, firebombs and other items at police, who responded with numerous volleys of tear gas. At least 25 officers and dozens of people were injured in the clashes, officials said. Police said at least seven people had been arrested, according to the Associated Press.
The Greek parliament is expected to vote on the deal later this week,…
On This Day
- 1878: 24,000 Greek troops, under Gen. Skarlatos Soutsos, invaded Thessaly to aid locals who rebelled against Ottoman yoke.
- 1897: 1,500 Greek troops, under Timoleon Vassos, landed in Crete to aid local rebels who sought union with Greece.
- 1988: The Revolutionary Organization 17 November unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate US official George Karos.
- Births: Telly Savalas, Greek-American actor (1924), Phaedon Georgitsis, actor (1939), Dimitris Poulikakos, actor (1943)
- Deaths: Col. Konstantinos Davakis, WWII hero (1943)