Spirit of Zorba against austerity

Published on 2 December 2010 at 11:45

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The composer Mikis Theodorakis, a symbol of the Greek uprising in 1974 against the “Colonels’ Regime”, has come out swinging against the austerity plan that’s supposed to re-establish fiscal order in Greece. “Disobey the government’s decision,” says the man who wrote the music to Zorba the Greek. Today’s edition of the left-wing daily Eleftherotypia leads with that slogan, and reports that Theodorakis has started up an “independent citizens’ movement called Spitha to put up direct resistance to the pressure from the US, IMF and EU”. The composer feels “we’re ceding national sovereignty to foreign powers” and envisages “a movement to help Greeks express their concerns and work up ideas on how to face the crisis”, explains Eleftherotypia.

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