'Robin Hood' activists held
on 10/08/2012 20:17:14
A handful of activists from the southern Andalusian Workers' Union made off with nine trolleys full of food from the supermarket in the southern town of Ecija and left without paying on Tuesday. They later gave the food to poor, unemployed people.
The mayor of the nearby town of Marinaleda, Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo, has admitted taking part in the heist, the latest in a string of controversial initiatives he has undertaken since taking office in 1979.
Sanchez Gordillo has boasted that his town has full employment thanks to the farm co-operatives his office has established for the jobless.
Police said one person was arrested during an eviction today of union members who were squatting on Defence Ministry land near Ecija that is lying fallow to demand it be given to hard-pressed farmers.
Four others were arrested elsewhere today, and two yesterday, although all but two have been released on bail pending legal action.