The Greek government used the island to exile about 13,000 communists after World War II. To this date, the majority of the locals have remained sympathetic to left parties and communism, and, for this reason, Icaria is referred to by some as the "Red Rock" (Κόκκινος Βράχος, Kokkinos Vrahos). One of them was Mikis Theodorakis, the famous composer and know for the world famous tune "The Zorba".

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