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'We're going to occupy Gibraltar': radical union

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'We're going to occupy Gibraltar': radical union
Cañamero (left) is known as “the right-hand man of Gordillo”, the village mayor of a “communist utopia” in Spain's largely agricultural Andalusia region. Photo: Cristina Quicler/AFP
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A Spanish trade union with a proven track record of land-grabs and close links to Spain's 'Robin Hood' have announced on Facebook their plans to occupy The Rock on August 29th.

The radical anti-capitalist Andalusian Workers Union (SAT), with over 20,000 members, says it want to “reclaim” Gibraltar not just for Spain, but for Andalusia.

Its leading spokesperson Diego Cañamero, known for heading a 2012 supermarket raid alongside Spain’s Robin Hood mayor Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo, announced so on the union’s Facebook page on Sunday.

“Gibraltar is a well-known tax haven, that’s our main reason to occupy it in protest,” José Caballero, SAT secretary general, told The Local.

“We also want to reinstate Gibraltar’s Andalusian sovereignty, dismantle the British military base and protect small-scale fishing in those waters.”

Asked if they had planned how to carry out the invasion, Caballero responded: “We haven’t decided yet; we’re aware there’s a large security presence at the border but we’ll find a way round it.”

Cañamero is referred to in Spain’s ABC newspaper as “the right-hand man of Gordillo”, the village mayor of a “communist utopia” in Spain’s largely agricultural Andalusia region.

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Together they’ve conducted numerous occupations of military terrain, protests against rich landowners and raids on supermarkets to collect food and school material for needy families in the region. 

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