At least 133 people were detained by Greek police for the riots that occurred on Thursday night the Greek Parliament during a mass rally against the Treaty of Athens from Skopje to rename the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
This was reported by Naftemporiki newspaper, citing law enforcement agencies.
It is noted that Greek law enforcement authorities detained near the Central Syntagma square 133 people, 10 of whom were later arrested for participating in battles.
Police had to use on Thursday evening, January 24, outside Parliament in Central Athens tear gas to disperse groups of young people who attacked police officers. People in masks and black scarves on their faces approached the monument of the Unknown soldier and climbed the marble staircase leading to the exit on the territory of the Parliament.
There was already a SWAT team in full gear – helmets, gas masks and plastic shields in their hands. Young people began to throw stones at police, sticks and let them flare in response, police immediately fired tear gas.
The cloud of tear gas began to spread through the square and the demonstrators who came to Parliament with Greek flags and banners, were forced hastily to leave.
Organizers announced on a megaphone that we need to continue the fight on Friday to come to a new rally at 11:00 in Parliament. It is expected that on Friday afternoon the Parliament will vote on a deal with Skopje.
Why is there a dispute between Greece and Macedonia regarding the name of the last one?Macedonia since the disintegration of Yugoslavia dispute with Greece regarding the name. At the request of Greece, Macedonia was admitted to the UN in 1993 under the name Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). Why Greece insists that the name of Macedonia was changed to avoid confusion with the Greek province and historical region of Macedonia, which borders with the same independent Republic. In addition, because of a dispute around the name of Greece for a long time blocked the accession of Macedonia in NATO and the EU. In 2008, when addressed the issue on the country’s membership in NATO, because of the position of Athens, the Alliance refused to Macedonia in the introduction, despite the fact that the country has fulfilled all the necessary conditions.
What will happen after the entry into force of the agreement with Macedonia?The agreement will put an end to one of the longest in the world diplomatic dispute that began nearly three decades ago with the proclamation of Macedonia’s independence. Since 1991, Athens has denied that Macedonia has the right to bear his name, because Greece has a province, which in ancient times was the cradle of the Empire of Alexander the great.