Despite the government optimism about a solution to the name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the majority of Greeks reject compromises that include the term ‘Macedonia’, thus increasing pressure on the left-wing/nationalist coalition on political and diplomatic level.
77% reject that the term Macedonia be included in the new FYROM name. Other name variations are been rejected with a higher percentage.
78% reject Upper Macedonia, while 18% agree
77% (basis 604 people) reject the old proposal Nova Makedonjia, while 19% agree
82% (Basis 598 people) reject New Macedonia, while 15% agree
Other name variations are been rejected with a higher percentage.
61% of Greeks want a referendum in order to find a mutually acceptable solution.
The Greek society appears divided with regards to continuation of negotiations with FYROM, with 50% of the respondents considering that there is room for an acceptable solution. A 44% disagrees.
The referendum issue divides also the coalition government, with left-wing SYRIZA to reject such an option, while conservative-nationalist leader of Independent Greeks, Panos Kammenos, favor a referendum.
Meanwhile, the countdown for the big Macedonia protest rally in Thessaloniki has started, people are flocking to the White Tower, hours before the rally begins at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Buses carrying protesters from other regions have left in the early morning hours. Dozens of buses have reportedly left Athens and Piraeus. At least, 450 buses are expected to arrive alone from Athens and Peloponnese.
One bus was attacked with stones and sticks by anti-authoritarians around 7 o’ clock in downtown Athens.
A group of Cretan protesters traveled to Thessaloniki together with their horses. They made a stop at the monument of Leonidas and raised a banner reading “When traitors govern, blame the patriots.”
Rally poster: No even at least… We’ll all be there.
Rally organizers estimate that 20,000 to 30,000 people will protest a name solution containing the term ‘Macedonia”.
A counter-rally is scheduled for 1 o’ clock.