More than 100 thousand people gathered Sunday in the center of Athens on Syntagma square near the walls of the Greek Parliament in a mass rally against the agreement with Skopje. This was the scene established on a large area of the screen announced the organizers of the demonstrations, reports TASS from the event.
Thus, according to the organizers, it is expected the participation of up to 600 thousand people, because many of the buses with groups of protesters have not yet managed to arrive at the scene of the action.
Thousands of protesters with Greek flags in their hands performed on the area of the Greek national anthem and singing Patriotic songs, chanting slogans against the “treacherous agreement with Skopje” and demand that the Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras refused to ratify the document by which the Republic of Macedonia will be called “Republic of Northern Macedonia”.
The meetings are attended by representatives of political and public organizations from all regions of Greece, representatives of brethren from the Holy mount Athos, several metropolitans of the Greek Orthodox Church, which strongly opposed the agreement on the renaming of the former Yugoslav Republic. Here there are representatives of local authorities from the Greek region of Macedonia, as well as representatives of the Greek Diaspora of the USA, Canada and other countries.
According to published Sunday by the Greek newspaper Eleftheros Typos poll conducted by the sociological company MRB, about 70% of Greeks oppose the agreement with Athens over Skopje on renaming the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the North. Interestingly, even most voters of the ruling party coalition of the radical left forces (SYRIZA) Alexis Tsipras opposed the agreement with Skopje. According to the survey, only one in four (24%) of voters supported it, as against 50% of SYRIZA supporters.
17 June 2018, the foreign Minister of Macedonia and Greece for lake Prespa, which forms the border between the two countries signed an agreement on the new official name of the former Yugoslav Republic. 11 January 2019, the Macedonian Parliament approved the relevant amendments to the Constitution. On 19 January, the agreement with Skopje on renaming the Republic of Macedonia in the Republic of North Macedonia enrolled for ratification in the Greek Parliament on Monday will consider the bill, the standing Committee of national defence and foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Parliament.
According to the Chairman of Parliament Nikos Wusasa, “until the end of next week Prespan the agreement will be ratified”. It is possible that the vote in the plenary in agreement with Skopje will be held on Wednesday or Thursday.
The Greek government expects that he will be able to garner votes from 151 to 155 deputies to ratify the agreement Prespan in 300-local unicameral Parliament of the country.