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Northern Greek school students protest deal with Macedonia

Led by a horseman draped in a Greek flag, about 1,000 high school students are marching through Thessaloniki to protest government efforts to end a three-decade-old dispute with neighboring Macedonia

Reported by: AP [ Published on: November 29, 2018 17:15 IST ]
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THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Led by a horseman draped in a Greek flag, about 1,000 high school students are marching through the northern city of Thessaloniki to protest government efforts to end a three-decade-old dispute with neighboring Macedonia.

Protesters waved Greek flags and shouted nationalist slogans against Macedonia — and against Albania, another neighbor.

Thursday's protest was organized by northern Greek teenagers, who have kept dozens of high schools in Thessaloniki and neighboring areas closed for days in protest at a proposed deal to normalize relations with Macedonia.

The agreement would see Macedonia rename itself "North Macedonia" and Greece stop blocking its bids to join NATO and the European Union. Athens says the current name implies claims on Greek territory and heritage.

Greece's government accuses the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn party of inciting the protests.

Disclaimer: This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Associated Press (AP) wire.

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