In Greece, people clashed with police during protests against the renaming of Macedonia. This is reported by Associated Press.
It is noted that the protesters threw stones at the police, fired flares, doused officers with paint. One of the protesters, with the Greek flag on his back, attacked the police with a stick. The police responded by spraying tear gas.
According to preliminary information, nine law enforcement officers were injured as a result of the clashes. There is no information on the number of victims among the protesters.
January 11, the Parliament of Macedonia approved the amendment of the constitution, which provides for changing the name of the country from the Republic of Macedonia to the Republic of Northern Macedonia.
‘81 deputies or two third of all members of the parliament voted "for." No one voted against or abstained,’ reads the message.
The situation around the name of the former Yugoslav Republic prevented Macedonia from rapprochement with the EU and NATO, since Greece was against the name ‘Republic of Macedonia’ because one of the regions of Greece called Macedonia. For this reason, after the dissolution of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Macedonia was admitted to the United Nations under the name "Former Yugoslav Republic," and was called Skopje on Greek maps.
On the morning of January 20, mass protests against the renaming of Macedonia began in Greece.