Thursday, August 16, 2012

Robin Hood is well and alive and is now living as a mayor of a Spanish town

A Spanish mayor has become a cult hero in the austerity-gripped country after orchestrating several thefts at local supermarkets, giving the stolen food to the poor.

The mayor proudly said he is ready to face prosecution, branding the poverty in Spain “a disgrace.”

During the thefts, Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo, mayor of the southern town of Marinaleda, was reportedly seen outside the shop shouting encouragement. Trolleys laden with staple items like pasta and oil were stolen by labor unionists intending to pass on the goods to struggling families in the area.

Accused of masterminding two such raids, Sanchez Gordillo has so far avoided arrest due to political immunity for elected officials. In a bid to draw attention to the plight of the poor in the region, he has offered to drop his immunity.

Seven people have been detained so far in connection with the robberies, which have earned Sanchez Gordillo and his followers widespread acclaim.