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Theodorakis calls for opposition to reforms

The outspoken composer Mikis Theodorakis has called on citizens to oppose the government?s ongoing austerity drive and form civil movements opposing the reforms.

Addressing a gathering of his own citizens? initiative ?Spitha? (Spark) on Sunday night, the former politician blamed the two main parties ? ruling PASOK and the main conservative opposition New Democracy – for the country?s current economic and social problems.

?The reaction of the Greek people to the measures being imposed by the troika should take the form of struggle and resistance,? the 85-year-old composer said, referring to the country?s three international creditors, the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank.

Theodorakis predicted the creation over the coming months of many more movements such as Spitha and the Won?t Pay movement, comprising motorists who refuse to pay rising toll station charges. He called on the Greek people to ?resist? and show ?civil disobedience.?