Spain’s ‘Robin Hood’ mayor on march, sparks outrage after supermarket heists

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A Spanish mayor who became a cult hero for staging supermarket robberies and giving stolen groceries to the poor on Thursday began a three-week march that looks set to embarrass the government and energize anti-austerity campaigners. 

Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo, regional lawmaker and mayor of the town of Marinaleda — population 2,645 — in the southern region of Andalusia, said food stolen last week in the robberies went to families hit hardest by Spain’s economic crisis. 

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