By Mason Jones
UP to 500 members of the Andalucian Workers Union (SAT), led by ‘Robin Hood’ mayor Gordillo, have vacated a Cordoba palace after an eight hour sit-in.
The occupants spent the night in the Moratalla Palace in Hornachuelos without incident.
They left first thing in the morning of their own accord, just as the owner was preparing to issue an eviction order.
This marks the second stage of the union’s march across Andalucia following a stint in the province of Jaen.
The protest is part of a wider movement against cutbacks from Madrid, which has seen demonstrators march from Jodar, the town with the highest unemployment rate in Andalucia.
Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo hopes the action will encourage other town halls to reject spending restrictions imposed on them.
He told the Olive Press: “We, the people, have to pay for the debts the banks made.
“We have to refuse to pay this debt, because it is not legitimate.
“Pay checks are cut, pensions are cut, people are being made redundant and in the meantime, the prices of electricity and the VAT go up,” he added.
“This crisis has its own hangmen and those are the bankers. Well, I say; let’s throw them in jail now for the destruction of so many lives, for stealing and robbing.
“No jail is too good for them, we should just hang them.”
Gordillo made headlines earlier this month after encouraging union workers to ‘steal’ food from supermarkets to donate to the regions poorest families.
The action led to seven arrests but earned Gordillo the nickname of ‘Spain’s Robin Hood’.
“There are people who don’t have enough to eat. In the 21st century, this is an absolute disgrace,” Gordillo said.
“We want an employment plan, the use of under-utilised public land, and a basic income for 350,000 families here in Andalucia.”