Spain’s Robin Hood Mayor Fights For ‘Communist Utopia’

A “Robin Hood” Mayor in Spain Fights for Communist Utopia

On a sweltering August day in 2012, the mayor of a tiny Spanish town, fed up with the country’s economic conditions, did something drastic. It was the height of the economic crisis and most Spanish politicians were away on summer vacation.

With dozens of supporters, Mayor Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo of Marinaleda marched into the local supermarket in a neighboring town.

“Aren’t you all hungry? Let’s go shopping!” he yelled . They walked out without paying, distributing everything to the poor.

Marinaleda, with a population of 2,700, sits in the southern Spanish region of Andalucía where unemployment tops 35 percent. (Lauren Frayer, for NPR)cacacacaca


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