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‘Robin Hood of the Banks’ to RT: We'll create different world with our own rules

Published time: April 29, 2014 14:58
Enric Duran (image from http://enricduran.cat)

Enric Duran (image from http://enricduran.cat)

Enric Duran, dubbed the ‘Spanish Robin Hood of the Banks’, for swindling 39 banks out of half a million euros to redistribute them to organizations fighting against the established financial system, spoke to RT Spanish to reveal his moves and motives.

In hiding for more than a year, and in serious trouble with the courts, he nonetheless recently decided to break his silence and start speaking to the press to explain his vision and how he went about achieving it. Speaking to RT Spanish by Skype from an undisclosed location, he talks of the ingenious and simple tactic he used to cheat dozens of banks out of a half-million euros.

“I realized that loans below 6,000 euro don’t show up in Spain’s bank database,” he says, revealing the first step on the way to accumulating the fortune that later earned him his moniker.

“As soon as I realized this, I started taking out loans of a little over 5,000 euro, accumulating a certain amount over time. Then, having transferred the whole sum to a single account, and having the ability to prove my financial eligibility, I started taking out bigger credit. It was very convenient to take advantage of the fact that Spain doesn’t update its banking database for months on end. That is how, from December 2007 to January 2008 I was able to take out the bulk of the money,” Duran explained.

The anti-capitalist takes pride in his actions against the banking system and believes that they are another step towards networking between other anti-capitalists and the setting up of organizations that can work together toward a global system that is not accountable to the established financial order.

From 2006 until 2008, Duran took out 68 commercial and personal loans from 39 banks in Spain and gave the money to social activities, like financing conferences against capitalism and providing cameras for an alternative TV channel.

“We wish to create a different world, with our own rules and principles, without a global responsibility to the modern system,”
he said of his dream vision. “I knew for a fact that my actions could result in legal measures against me.”

After spending 2 months in jail, Duran was freed on 50,000 euro bail in February 2013 to face trial. After being convicted he decided to abscond rather than face eight years behind bars.

“I had reasons not to appear at the proceedings. I had presented the regional court with 30 pieces of evidence in support of my case, but it refused every single one of them. On top of that, I only learned about the trial three weeks before the fact, instead of four months in advance, when it was being planned.”

Duran now continues to work towards his goals from a far-away location, his current project being the development of the Catalan Integral Cooperative – a transnational initiative that puts emphasis on self-development and management, as well as networking and problem solving without the involvement of banks and other types of regulation. It’s strictly by the people, for the people.

Comments (39)

 

Ephraiyim ben Yisrael 30.04.2014 17:21

JAFO 30.04.2014 06:17


Both forms (including genuine 'free market' capitalism) are destructive and evil.

  

Ho w exactly would anyone know this to be true since there has NEVER been a truly "free-market' anywhere in the world, other than in a couple of villages in the 19th century which were extremely successful though short lived.
I have no problem with people opposing the current corporatism that we have in the west whereby corporations and the government work hand in hand to rig the system. What I do oppose are those who think free markets are the problem when they do not exist!

 

Nigel Hedley 30.04.2014 14:57

... very romantic, but doomed to failure ... ultimately the market will win, the laws of supply and demand are universal ... its only when you try to distort the market that everything comes unstuck ... which is why we should never trust the government when it comes to the economy ... subsidies distort the market ... taxation systems distort the market ... trade barriers distort the market

 

Lawrence of Arabia 30.04.2014 14:29

If you want to crash the system, stop feeding the beast - stop paying taxes. If everyone stopped paying taxes, the beast would fail. What this guy is doing will never work. He'll make his point, he'll finally go to the slammer, and that will be the end of it.

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