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18 Jan 2019 | 03:42 PM UTC

Greece: Protests over Macedonia name change January 20 /update 1

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Demonstrators to march in Athens against Macedonia name change January 20; associated disruptions expected near demonstration sites

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/18/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/22/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/Athens). COUNTRY/REGION Greece, Athens

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The "Macedonia is Greece" demonstration is scheduled to take place in Athens on Sunday, January 20, to protest the Prespa Agreement which would recognize the name change of Macedonia to the Republic of North Macedonia. Demonstrators are expected to gather at Syntagma Square from 14:00 hours (local time), while police will reportedly begin closing roads in central Athens from 11:00. Associated demonstrations are also possible at Athens University. A heightened security presence and associated transportation disruptions are anticipated near the demonstrations.


The Greek Parliament is set to vote on the ratification of the Prespa Agreement, which, if approved, would recognize Macedonia's name change to the Republic of North Macedonia.  The Macedonian parliament ratified the agreement in June 2018. The change is intended to end a 27-year-long dispute with Greece over the name and clear the way for Macedonia's entry to the EU and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The name change has been controversial in both Greece and Macedonia, spurring demonstrations in both countries. 


Individuals located in Greece are advised to monitor developments to the situation and avoid all protests as a precaution.


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