Protesters clash with riot police in Athens during a demonstration against the agreement to rename neighbouring country Macedonia as the Republic of North Macedonia, Jan. 20. Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

A protest by tens of thousands of people in Athens against the government's deal to rename the country's northern neighbor to the Republic North Macedonia turned violent on Sunday after protesters threw stones and fireworks at police, who responded with tear gas, BBC reports.

Details: This comes as the Greek Parliament is expected to vote this week on ratifying the agreement for the name change — paving the way for Macedonia's admission into NATO and the European Union. Greek nationalists have long opposed the name "Macedonia" for its northern neighbor, claiming it implied territorial claims to a Greek province of the same name. The Macedonian Parliament ratified the agreement this month.

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