Golden Dawn Seen Behind Student Protests Against FYROM Name Deal

A teenager holds, a flag with the Star of Vergina, the emblem of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia, during a protest in front of the White Tower, a landmark of the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

Greek high school student protests and shutting down schools to protest the government’s deal to rename the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) were likely driven by extreme-right elements most likely led by the Golden Dawn party that Education Minister Costas Gavroglou said is trying to recruit them.

Anti-nationalist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras pushed the agreement to let FYROM be called North Macedonia, keeping the name of an ancient abutting Greek province and for its citizens to be called Macedonians and have a Macedonia language, culture and identity.
FYROM has approved the deal but it still needs to be ratified by the Greek Parliament with Tsipras’ junior coalition partner, the pro-austerity, marginal, jingoistic Independent Greeks (ANEL) of Defense Minister opposed, vowing to walk out of the government if it comes to a vote.

Students at more than 210 high schools, most in and around Greece’s second-largest city of Thessaloniki, which FYROM had claimed as its’ owns, led the protests with Kathimerini saying Golden Dawn may have been behind an organized social media drive to mobilize them.
The campaign included Golden Dawn-like slogans such as “Macedonia is Greek” and “Punks, traitors, politicians” aimed at its arch-political enemy, SYRIZA.

Opponents of the protests were numerous too though, with some 50 schools signing a petition to end the “nationalist takeover.” A group named Initiative to Coordinate Schools and Students in Athens urged students “not to allow fascists to find room for expression in our schools.”

The federation of secondary school teachers (OLME) also said that the protests were an attempt “to cultivate division, hate, racism and neo-fascist beliefs,” while the conservative-backed DAKE teachers’ union criticized “the criminalization and moral depreciation of patriotic events.”

2 Comments

  1. Athens is a Cesspool of education, thought and daily protest, All sides deserve to protest, not just the left, why would the left protest with an extreme left gov in charge, cuz its as bad as all the other Greek gov before it..

  2. So what … TNH…. what does it matter … that Golden Dawn …was involved in organizing protests to an act of treason by the corrupt government of Greece and their media! The overwhelming majority of Greek ciitizens have organized and protested this …. disgusting sale of part of the culture of Greece …to the United States and Nato!

    The only thing that matters to TNH…is to de- legitimize the merits of their protests and opposition to a criminal actions by the corrupt government of Greece!

    Yesterday… I watched the United States and Nato ….. support a Neo Nazi leader of the Ukraine…deliberately on orders from the United States and Nato …. breech territorial waters of Russia with Naval ships …in order to evoke … a military response from the Russian Federation …. and on cue… the United states and their Nato stooges ..in chorus…condemned Russia’s sovereign right to defend its sovereigty and borders …which does not require permission from the United States …like Greece and Cyprus …. as an act of aggression .. and consequently…. will probably extend EU sanctions of Russia …which could be lifted …and probably …secure a peaceful relationship with Russia for Europe!

    However … the U.S and Nato White Supremacist ..like allegedly Golden Dawn… did recruit EU officials to protest …not the aggression of the Ukraine …but that of the Russians for responding in force to these incursions!

    To understand …why, I call the members of our government degenerates…. is that …these are the same people who cheered and supported the demented leader of Turkeyt…. Mr. Edrgogan …when he ordered the shooting down of a Russian military plane…attacking ISIS and Al queda positions on the borders of Turkey and Syria…and infringed on the territorial borders of Turkey …when the plan made a turn to return to it base! These are the same guys …who supported the annexation of the Northern part of Cyprus ..by also ..their Nato ally Turkey… who actually,,, ethnically and religiously cleansed Greeks from their own himes in Cyprus!

    You see…. TNH… delegitimizing a just cause …by considering the source… while legitimizing an illegal cause …by considering the source…. is merely blatant collaboration and discrimination by your Editor… to continue to promote the interests of a white supremacist bunch of aristocrates …who wish to suppress any opposition to their criminal activiities!

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