BE CAREFUL: FURTHER DEMONSTRATIONS IN THESSALONIKI TONIGHT, 1st OF JULY, AND IN THE UPCOMING DAYS


In recent days, there have been several demonstrations in Thessaloniki against the agreement reached regarding the name dispute between Greece and FYROM. Some of these demonstrations have turned out to be violent. Today, 1st of July, there will be another demonstration at 7pm at the statue of Venizelou (northern end of Aristoteles Square). It is in everyone's best interest try to avoid this area this evening. It may only be a small number of demonstrators who become violent but the outcome can be harmful for everyone involved. Also, in the coming days, we would advise you to keep your eyes open and to avoid any demonstrations. For more than 25 years there has been a dispute between Greece and its neighbouring country FYROM about whether FYROM can use the name Macedonia for itself. The region around Thessaloniki is called Macedonia and it was an ancient kingdom which was mainly on Greek territory. In the middle of June an agreement was signed that allows FYROM to now call itself "North Macedonia". Traditional and right wing groups are outraged at this decision and they will try everything to reverse it.