Barcelona Anti-Capitalist Robs Nearly Half a Million Euros From Banks & Passes It On To The Movement



“Enric Duran, long involved with anti-capitalist struggles in Barcelona, has publically announced his robbery of 492,000 Euros from 39 different banks, and gone into hiding. 
Enric gained the money through fraudulent loans. Most of the money has gone towards funding anti-capitalist social movements and paying for a massive publication, though he kept a small portion to aid his flight. The publication, Crisi (“Crisis”), is a one time newspaper printed in Catalan to the tune of 200,000 copies. The newspaper claims the robberies, and contains numerous articles explaining some roots of the current economic crisis, critiquing banks and the capitalist system as inherently exploitative and involved in much more massive and socially damaging forms of robbery, and discusses some collective alternatives for building a new society. 

The 200,000 copies were distributed on one day, 17th September, throughout Barcelona and Catalunya, and the action received frantic and excited capitalist media coverage. The latter mostly focused on Enric as an individual (some of the press referring to the 32-year-old as a “youth”), and alternatively glamorized his action or cast doubts on its authenticity, while minimizing the collective critique presented in Crisi (which was produced by many more people than Enric) as an attack on “the power of banks.” Nonetheless, the media coverage proved to be exciting news and thousands of people sought out the activists handing out Crisi that morning to get a copy of the paper themselves, having heard about it on TV or the radio.

Duran claims the robbery as a form of civil disobedience, but also links it to the age old anarchist tradition of bank expropriations. For better or for worse, Duran’s action has received mass attention and made him something of an anti-capitalist superhero and mediatic figure. 

The police have not yet received any denunciations from any of the banks involved, and say they are investigating the expropriation to see what crimes Enric can be charged with.

Hundreds of other people were involved in the publication and distribution of Crisi, and numerous anonymous groups received money from the expropriations, and it is unknown whether police may try to sanction any of them.”

Crisi has also been made available online, in Catalan, Spanish, Arabic, Euskera, and English; see it for yourself over here.  I’ve got too much on my plate to read through it all at this point, but it’s certainly worth a look.  If I get around to it, I’ll post something at some point about my reaction to his deeds, as well as what’s written in the paper.