‘Macedonia is Greece’: Thousand rally against possible name change of neighboring country 

Image Credit: Press TV, Tehran.

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in the Greek capital, Athens, to protest against their government’s possible compromise in a long-standing dispute with neighboring Macedonia over its official name.

Some 140,000 demonstrators — by police estimates — gathered in Syntagma Square in front of the Greek Parliament on Sunday. Organizers put the turnout at 1.5 million.

Many in Greece object to the neighboring country — officially known as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) — calling itself Macedonia. They say the official use of the name Macedonia by the country implies a territorial claim on Greece’s northern region of the same name.

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