GORDILLO - Modern Day Robin Hood?

Discussion in 'THREAD ARCHIVES' started by Torsty, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. Anyone else seen this?



    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.


    In his home region of Andalusia, one in three people is unemployed
    But the conservative government says an official has no business flouting the law.

    “You can’t be Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham,” said Alfonso Alonso, spokesman for the ruling People’s Party (PP). “This man is just searching for publicity at the cost of everyone else.”

    Media coverage of the supermarket stunt has made Mr Gordillo a national celebrity, with ordinary people thanking him for his stand against the government.
    He will remain in the spotlight today (THUR), when he sets of on a three-week anti-austerity march to Madrid, enduring blistering summer heat.

    Along the way he will try to persuade other local leaders to refuse to comply with government reforms.

    The EU has demanded that Spain shrink its budget deficits to prevent the eurozone debt crisis from spreading.

    Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has ordered spending cuts and tax hikes, but with poverty rising protests have gained momentum.


    What do you think?

    Is Gordillo right to react the way he does in response to the politics of the EU, or is he just using the opportunity in current Spain for personal gain and popularity?