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Violent clashes over name change

Street protests: Police retaliate as they come under attack in Athens PIC: GETTY

AT LEAST ten officers were injured when protesters clashed with police in Athens to oppose the government’s deal with Macedonia over changing its name.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators threw rocks, flares, firebombs and paint at riot police, who retaliated by firing tear gas.

The clashes in the Greek capital came in response to a deal which will this week see the parliament vote to designate its neighbour as North Macedonia. Protesters believe any use of the name Macedonia implies territorial claims on the Greek province of the same name.

Greek premier Alexis Tsipras last night blamed ‘members of Golden Dawn’ — a far-right, anti-immigrant party — for the clashes. ‘Let’s isolate and condemn them,’ he said.