Politics 16 August 2012 Video: Spain's "Robin Hood" mayor sets off on a march against austerity Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo had accompanied activists on supermarket raids where food was distributed to the poor. Print HTML Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo, the mayor of the small Spanish town of Marinaleda (population 2,645) in Andalusia, has begun a three-week march from Jodar, the city with the highest unemployment in the region, in protest against the continued austerity in the region. Sanchez Gordillo has previously hit the headlines for accompanying activists who stole food from supermarkets to give to the poor. The Irish Times has the story: Seven people have been arrested for participating in the two raids, in which labour unionists, cheered on by supporters, piled food into supermarket carts and walked out without paying while Mr Sanchez Gordillo (59) stood outside. He has political immunity as an elected member of Andalusia's regional parliament, but says he would be happy to renounce it and be arrested himself. The International Business Times has video of the raid at which Sanchez Gordillo made his appearance: › Will the Ecuadorian embassy be stormed? Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo, centre, sets off on his three-week march. Photograph: Getty Images Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter. Subscribe More Related articles Welcome to South Africa’s new political lanscape Where the Yazidis fled next After his latest reshuffle, who’s who on Donald Trump’s campaign team?