Greek politicians from the ruling coalition government of the leftist Syriza and right-wing Independent Greeks (ANEL) are feeling the heat from their constituents both in Greece and abroad following the controversial agreement between Athens and Skopje on the “Macedonia” issue.
In London, following a speech at the Hellenic Centre, a few protestors waited for Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to emerge, taunting him in Greek with shouts of “prodoti,” or traitor.
Unfazed, Tsipras kept his smile and got into his car and drove away as people continued to shout.
Meanwhile in Greece, Defense Minister Panos Kammenos who is also the head of the junior coalition partner ANEL, faced an angry mob who shouted and threw things at him as he emerged from his car.
Greeks are especially hard on Kammenos because he has repeatedly assured his supporters that he will never back a deal that gives the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia any use of the name “Macedonia.”
But his party refused to back a no-confidence vote brought on by Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the New Democracy party the night before Tsipras headed to meet FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev to seal the deal.
Kammenos and his Independent Greek members of parliament could have forced early elections and effectively stop the “Macedonia” deal from moving forward.
But had they voted with Mitsotakis, they would have eventually voted themselves out of power, as well.
Meanwhile, the Greek Australian newspaper Neos Kosmos reported that members of the Greek Australian community— specifically the PanMacedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria— has sent a letter to Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos telling him that he isn’t welcomed in the country.
“Mr Pavlopoulos you are unwanted; if you visit Melbourne, we the Greek diaspora officials will not welcome you,” the letter stated.
According to the newspaper, Pavlopoulos was set to visit in October.
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