Thursday, August 16, 2012

Spanish 'Robin Hood' mayor becomes cult hero after ordering raids on local supermarkets – before handing out food to poor families

A Spanish mayor has been hailed an austerity-era Robin Hood after directing trolley dash raids on local supermarkets - then handing food out to poor families.

Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo, mayor of the small Andalusian town of Marinaleda, has become a cult hero for master-minding the thefts.

The two raids took place last week, with seven labour unionists arrested for piling food into the trolleys then leaving without paying.

Mr Gordillo, 59, shouted encouragement from outside using a megaphone and was surrounded by supporters.

He said the stolen food, mainly staples like pasta and oil, was distributed to families hit hardest by the economic crisis.

“There are people who don’t have enough to eat. In the 21st century, this is an absolute disgrace,” he said, Read More