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.