Redemption of the Nation

Friday, February 14 1992, has been a landmark in the history of Greece. It has the date that we, the Macedonians, in our long-standing capital held our rally in order to support our name from the usurpers of our national identity and heritage.

The rally was, by general consent, gigantic and redeeming. Never before had there so many people gathered and so much national passion been expressed in the whole of Greece. Men and women, elderly and children from every place of the Greek Macedonian land shouted as one: "We, the Macedonians, are here," "Macedonia is Greek." Employees, students and farmers, pupils, scientists and tradesmen, teachers, priests and tutors, factory workers and other professionals, the entire community represented the people coming from the past, present and future. The whole of Macedonia was, is and will be here.

More than a million citizens of Greece according to calculations by foreign News Agencies such as the "Associated Press" and CNN, participated in this demonstration held in Thessaloniki.

Greek Americans Protest New Republic's

Use of 'Macedonia'

By SANDRA EVANS Washington Post Staff Writer

Tens of thousands of Greek Americans came to Washington from across the country yesterday to protest the use of the name Macedonia by one of the new republics that have broken away from Yugoslavia.

Macedonia was the home of Alexander the Great and Aristotle, said protesters, who warned that using the name for the republic, whose population is mostly Slavic and Albanian, would destabilize the region and raise concerns about the new country's designs on Greek territory.

The name Macedonia had been used for part of Yugoslavia since the mid-i 940s, angering Greeks who said it indicated expansionist designs on Greek Macedonia.

"It's like Cuba changing its name to Florida and then saying Florida is ours," said George Katsiaubis, 32, a bank vice president, who came from New York for the rally.

Protesters demanded that President Bush refuse to recognize the republic if it continues to call itself Macedonia. They want the new country to call itself the Republic of Skopje, after its capital city.

The Bush administration has recognized all of the breakaway republics except Macedonia, withholding support while it considers Greek concerns.