Com­poser ‘oc­cu­pies’ square

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Com­poser Mikis Theodor­akis yes­ter­day staged a sym­bolic protest in Thes­sa­loniki’s cen­tral Aris­totelous Square af­ter the city’s mayor, Yian­nis Boutaris, re­fused to lend him the space for an anti-aus­ter­ity speech. Theodor­akis, who has been a staunch sup­porter of the na­tion­wide In­dig­nant move­ment that has drawn thou­sands of Greeks to city squares and spoke at a rally in Athens on May 31, re­port­edly ex­pressed out­rage at the mayor’s de­ci­sion and de­liv­ered a speech in the Thes­sa­loniki square re­gard­less. Boutaris re­sponded by ac­cus­ing the 85-year-old com­poser, who has founded his own move­ment called Sp­i­tha (Spark), of “base pop­ulism.”

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