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By Dan Hancox

100 kilometers from Seville lies the small village of Marinaleda, which for the final thirty-five years has been the guts of a tireless fight to create a dwelling utopia. this day, Marinaleda is a spot the place the farms and the processing crops are jointly owned and supply paintings for everybody who desires it.

As Spain's concern turns into ever extra determined, Marinaleda additionally suffers from the foreign downturn. Can the village hold its utopian imaginative and prescient? Can the long-lasting mayor Sánchez Gordillo carry directly to the dream opposed to the depredations of the area past his village?

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The partitions have been going up round the pueblo. They have been fobbing off all requests to determine him – even if from the media, documentary-makers, or humans eager to construct political bridges from different villages; yet his buddies and comrades appeared certainly convinced that he simply wanted a quiet few weeks over the vacations, and he’d be larger within the New yr. again in London in January, one good friend in Marinaleda wrote to me to carry me in control. ‘Juan Manuel continues to be holding quiet and any normal assemblies are taken via others and are brief and in simple terms approximately paintings. The monetary state of affairs is particularly undesirable in all places and there's no mild on the finish of the tunnel. somebody informed me they suspect that Juan Manuel is anguish extra simply because he's powerless to change the location and can't see a fashion ahead. whether you could converse to him, I doubt it might be very passable … now not a lot else occurring. ’ The temper was once more and more sombre. At one normal meeting, one of many reduce village councillors, Dolores, needed to provide the undesirable information that there will be decreased charges for the yearly olive-picking harvest. a few of the jornaleros on the assembly notion it will slightly hide their shuttle charges. while I back to the village in February 2013, Sánchez Gordillo was once nonetheless absent. As Antonio made up my room, becoming the sheets with fastidious pace and precision, he requested what I nonetheless had to do in this stopover at. i discussed a number of issues, and that after all, it'd be sturdy to talk to el alcalde yet another time, if attainable. He sighed and acknowledged, ‘Well, sturdy good fortune. He’s nonetheless a section poorly. ’ at the moment Saturday in February we went to Marinaleda’s neighbour pueblo El Rubio for his or her pre-Lenten carnaval, at the final Saturday sooner than Lent; it used to be a really early Easter this yr, and hence a really chilly carnaval. At 7 pm, simply after the peach skies became to blue nightfall, the procession all started winding in the course of the small town’s complicated melee of streets. simply as in Marinaleda, teams of associates put on co-ordinated fancy costume costumes, and there have been jellyfish, superheroes, SpongeBob characters, Smurfs, mermaids, cowboys and cross-dressing schoolgirls parading with huge measures of rum and coke in hand. The town’s mom and dad and grandparents seemed on admiringly in hot coats and scarves because the temperature below the cloudless sky abseiled in the direction of 0. finally the parade stopped in El Rubio’s Blas Infante park. extra beverages have been poured, and an eight-piece band of brass and drums competed with a valid approach blaring out Spanish dance-pop. because the nightfall light into black and the group bought gradually merrier, drunken fingers have been flung round shoulders, and the dancing begun – and there, in one of the throng, transparent as day, was once Sánchez Gordillo. After months of absence and confusion, there he used to be: ultimately, unmistakably, the Robin Hood mayor, in his crimson payment blouse, keffiyeh, straw hat and tumorous moss of a beard. He had evidently determined again to public existence within the such a lot befitting method for a guy of the folk: amid the sociable tumult of the gang.

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