140,000 Greeks mobilize in Athens to defend against cultural appropriation and proclaim that Macedonia is Greece
February 5, 2018 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
ATHENS, Greece – A protest under the motto ‘Macedonia is Greece’ takes place in Athens on Sunday, February 4 against the use of the name Macedonia by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).
The naming of FYROM has been a long-held point of dispute between Athens and Skopje.
The Greek government is currently engaged in a new round of talks with FYROM over the naming of the former Yugoslav republic.
Celebrated Zorba The Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, 92, was among those addressing the crowds.
“Macedonia was, is and will forever be Greek. If a government considers signing on behalf of our country… there is no doubt it must first ask the Greek people.” Mr Theodorakis told the huge crowds.
“Here are the borders,” said protester Rania Mainou from Xanthi in northern Greece. “This is Macedonia. Here, these are Slavs, they are not Macedonians, we are Macedonians. Macedonia is Greek, no one can take this name, no one can use it.”
Macedonia argues that its people can be traced back to the ancient kingdom of Macedon, once ruled by Alexander the Great, and that the name “Macedonia” is therefore the logical option. However, this is a claim rejected by all historians and scholars who highlight that people calling themselves as a seperate Macedonian ethnicity are a Slavic people who migrated to the Balkans approximately 1,300 years ago whilst Alexander the Great lived before Christ.
This was also an admission made by Kiro Gligorov, the first President of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) after it seperated from Yugoslavia in 1991.