Macedonia and Greece: Clashes in Athens over neighbour s name change
|bbc.com 20 Jan 2019 at 08:17|
Protesters have clashed with police in the Greek capital Athens at a big rally to oppose the government s deal with Macedonia on changing its name.
Police fired tear gas at some of those attending a protest which attracted tens of thousands to the city.
The deal, which is yet to be approved, designates Greece s northern neighbour as Republic of North Macedonia.
The name Macedonia is sensitive for many Greeks who say it implies a claim on the Greek province of the same name.
Years of wrangling finally brought an agreement last June between Greece s left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Macedonian counterpart.
A vote on the deal, which aims to end a 28-year-row between the nations, is set to take place in the Greek parliament this week.
The dispute dates back to 1991 and the break-up of Yugoslavia. Macedonia was a Yugoslav republic and adopted the name Macedonia when it became an independent nation.