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Greek neo-Nazi MP arrested over Macedonia name row

ATHENS, Greece — Greece arrests a neo-Nazi lawmaker who was fleeing treason accusations for his outspoken stance against a contested name agreement with neighboring Macedonia, police say.

Constantinos Barbarousis of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party had gone on the run on Friday after an arrest warrant was issued.

He is accused of treason for comments he made in parliament about an agreement to allow Greece’s northern neighbor to be called North Macedonia.

He called for the army to arrest Greece’s president, prime minister and defense minister and to “carry their heads” to the Macedonian border.

A police source says he was arrested at the home of a friend in the Athens suburbs where he had fled on Friday.

The name of the former Yugoslav state of Macedonia has been disputed for years.

Greeks say calling it Macedonia implies a claim over a region of the same name in northern Greece.

Golden Dawn leaders have been on trial for more than two years accused of running a criminal organisation linked to political and xenophobic violence.

— AFP

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