Marchers converged in Thessaloniki City carrying signs and gigantic Greek flags. Images of Alexander the Great were everywhere.

FYROM’s attempts to join NATO & European Union have been blocked by Greece.The heart of the conflict hits Greeks where they feel it the most – their cultural heritage, which they say is being usurped by the Slavic nation
..that has adopted a Greek identity by claiming such historical figures as Alexander the Great and the Sun of Vergina, as their own.After years of stalemate, talks resumed between representatives of the two countries and mediated by United Nations’ diplomat Matthew Nimetz.
Poll showed that majority of Greeks do not want “Macedonia” used in any solution.
Although the official names set forth for negotiation were not released to the public, some newspapers claimed to possess leaked information from negotiations that show a composite form of the name ‘Macedonia’ in the country’s new proposed name.