Clashes erupted between protesters and riot police in Thessaloniki on Monday, after the leading party Syriza held an event promoting the benefits of the name deal between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). At least four people were arrested.
Reports say that football hooligans supporting the local team PAOK FC tried to enter Thessaloniki’s International Fair conference centre, where the even was happening, but were pushed back by police wielding tear gas.
The protest continued well into the night, as the traffic in the city centre was brought to a standstill by protesters setting up roadblocks with burning rubbish bins.
Under the new deal with Macedonia, the country would be renamed the Republic of North Macedonia.
The agreement still needs to be ratified by the Macedonian parliament however, and then confirmed via referendum in September.
Following that, it will need to be confirmed by Greek lawmakers to come into effect.