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article imageCivil disobedience — all the way to the bank

By R. C. Camphausen     May 1, 2013 in World
When the government does not act in the interest of the people, and it benefits only a small minority, the people’s greatest right is to disobey and rebel against that injustice.
Based on this idea, Enric Durán borrowed from banks and isn't paying back
As of now, Enric Durán, once dubbed the 'Robin Hood of the banks' is a fugitive and in hiding from the Spanish authorities. His crime is financial in nature, because between 2006 and 2008 he succeeded in enticing 39 different banks into lending him almost half a million Euro ($650,000). In order to do so, he told them what they wanted hear; that he had no other debts, had stable work and continuous income.
When the loans were forthcoming, he took out all the money and began investing it in projects that work to create alternatives to capitalism, in activist publications such as We Can Live Without Capitalism! and Crisis. The banks, of course, came after him because he didn't pay his debts, but Durán decided to fight back in an unusual way. He stated that he refused to recognize the validity of the Spanish judicial system’s case against him. Citing a legal clause that absolves one from punishment if the law was broken for a greater good, he submitted more than 20 testimonies justifying a “state of necessity” for doing what he had done.
Recently, in March 2013, after the Spanish police had issued a warrant for his arrest, Durán decided to go into hiding rather than into jail, explaining that he could be more useful to the movement this way.
He's communicating with journalists through Skype, giving interviews, for example to Waging Nonviolence.
One can also consult the fugitive's website for his thoughts on these matters. The website exists in Catalan, Spanish, French and English.
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