“Activists wanting the Greek government to take a tough stance with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) over the latter country’s name said Monday they are planning rallies in the birthplace of Alexander the Great and a dozen more towns in northern Greece.

Wednesday’s gatherings in Pella and elsewhere are meant to show that residents of Greece’s Macedonia province are “in a state of alert” over the negotiations between the Greek and FYROM governments, organizers said.

They said they enjoy the backing of local church and municipal officials.” (Ekathimerini)