The first government reaction to the Macedonia protest came from Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, right after the Greek police announced its estimation of the number of participant sat 140,000 people.
Minister Kotzias who leads the negotiations with FYROM over the Macedonia name implied that the number of participants was not huge enough to have him change the negotiation strategy on a compound name.
Σήμερα διαψεύστηκαν οι δημοσκοπήσεις της διαπλοκής. Φάνηκε η γύμνια της ΝΔ, αλλά και όσων δεν άκουσαν τον λόγο Οικουμενικού Πατριάρχη. Εκατομμύρια Ελλήνων πατριωτών έκαναν την επιλογή τους. Συνεχίζω,λοιπόν,με ήσυχη συνείδηση και ευθύνη να διαπραγματεύομαι για το καλό της πατρίδας
— Nikos Kotzias (@NikosKotzias) February 4, 2018
“Today, the corrupted opinion polls of the intermingling have been dismissed. The nakedness of New Democracy has been exposed as well of those who did not hear the word of the Ecumenical Patriarch. Millions of Greek patriots made their choice. So I continue the negotiations with a calm conscience and responsibility for the good of the country,” Kotzias tweeted.
Organizers claim it was 1,500,000 people in the protest, real life estimatioons speak of maximum 200,000 people.
Of course, the government is unimpressed. It wasn’t even impressed by the 62% NOs in the Referendum of 2015. #JustSaying