ATHENS AND SKOPJE FURIOUS ABOUT BILLBOARD
Greece reacted furiously on Sunday to a billboard seen as a provocation in Macedonia, as several outdoor billboards in the capital of Skopje depicted an adulterated Greek flag, with the blue Cross morphed into a Swastika, and a picture of Begalci(Aegean Macedonian refugees) who fled Greece.
Not only the Greeks, but the Macedonians reacted furiously too, speaking of a disgusting move, that this is going too far, that it's wrong and several newspapers published big articles where they condemn this action. The government has been informed and will investigate the situation and take measures. Charges are expected against the individuals who ordered the bilboards, as well as the company for allowing to publish them. One bilboard costs between 8,000 - 10,000 euros, depending on the location.
"This unacceptable poster, which was circulated via a private initiative and raised on Skopje's streets, directly insults our country's national symbol and our struggle against fascism and Nazism," a foreign ministry spokesman tersely said on Sunday afternoon in response to a press question.
The controversial billboard ads ostensibly promote a photographic exhibition in the city's cultural centre from April 3 to May 3.
MD: This was done by an artist for an exhibition. But it was a wrong move, certainly in these final days before the NATO summit. Macedonians condemn this action, it is simply going too far. Below you can see a Macedonian newspaper, with the words : "SHAME" on the picture