Organizers claimed more than 1.5 million people attended the rally in Athens, demonstrating against the use of the name “Macedonia” by Greece’s neighbor.Greece’s government is currently in negotiations with the FYROM, which broke off from Yugoslavia following that country’s civil war in the 1990s.
Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis made an emotional defense of the Greekness of Macedonia during a speech to millions of Greeks in Athens on Sunday.“Macedonia is and will always be Greek,” he said to a huge applause by the crowd estimated by organizers claim that it reached 1.5 million.
Greeks from all over the country descended on Syntagma Square to hear speakers denouncing the use of the term Macedonia by FYROM and the efforts of UN mediator Matthew Nimetz to strike a compromise deal.
Photos showed dense crowds in Syntagma Square, as well as up and down all avenues and roadways leading into the square, including masses of people.