Greece: Antifa-occupied building torched amid Thessaloniki protests

A building occupied by left-wing activists in Thessaloniki was set on fire Sunday, amid clashes during a protest against the use of the name 'Macedonia.'

According to local media, witnesses talked about far-right wing nationalists and hooded men who were marching and shouting slogans about Macedonia and threw a Molotov cocktail inside the "Libertatia" building.

According to the Press Office of the Fire Brigade, there were no injured and no damage to the nearby houses. 28 vehicles and 25 firefighters were present on the scene.

The fire happened as thousands of people were rallying in Thessaloniki to denounce the use of the name 'Macedonia' in a lengthy dispute between Athens and Skopje over the official name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Attempts by Macedonia to join NATO and the European Union have been halted by Greece since 1993, when Greece accepted as formal appellation the name 'FYROM' (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia).

The name 'Macedonia' bares dangers for the Greek side since it implies a territorial claim over the Greek northern region Macedonia.

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