Theodorakis expresses support for Macedonia protest rally on Sunday


The eminent Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis has declared his support for a rally scheduled for this Sunday at Syntagma Square protesting the potential inclusion of the name Macedonia in a solution to a name dispute between Athens and Skopje.

Theodorakis, 92, has said he wanted to attend the rally in the Greek capital, albeit by sending a video message if he is unable to be there in person. 

His message came in response to an invitation by the president of the rally's organizing committee, Mihail Patsikas, to speak at the rally.

Theodorakis expressed his pride for the large rally last week in Thessaloniki where tens of thousands of people gathered to protest the use of the term Macedonia in a solution to talks being mediated by the United Nations.

Patsikas told Kathimerini that the composer had pledged to send a video message at the very least.

If his health allows it, Theodorakis will address the crowd from Syntagma Square on Sunday, he said.

"I would give my life for this people and for my country," Theodorakis said. "I will try to be there."