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Thessaloniki mayor has no plans to change city’s symbol

Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris denied on Tuesday that his administration is planning to tamper with the city?s symbol, which consists of Alexander the Great?s head on a blue and white background.

?We have not made any changes to Thessaloniki?s symbol, nor is this a priority for the municipality,? he said in a statement. ?There are issues of vital importance that City Hall has to address, so questions about other issues are pointless.?

Boutaris was responding to a question in Parliament from Kyriakos Velopoulos, an MP for the nationalist Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS). The lawmaker referred to press reports and images that indicated that ?an orange, Ottoman-style crescent? had been placed next to Alexander the Great?s head.