Noted Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis spoke in Thessaloniki on Sunday evening to an audience over his initiative to establish an independent citizens' movement throughout Greece and Cyprus, an alternative political iniative he has dubbed "Spitha", Greek for "spark".

Theodorakis told the large gathering of supporters that in case of snap elections, he favours voters casting a blank vote, while noting that "Greeks' reaction towards the measures promoted by the (EC-ECB-IMF) 'troika' must feature elements of a popular liberation struggle." The octogenarian composer also sharply criticised both main political parties in the country.