Monday, August 29, 2005

New Shoplifting Movement Emerging

An anti-consumerism, anti-capitalist social movement that celebrates mass shoplifting is spreading in Europe and South America.

The movement is called "Yomango", which means "I steal" in Spanish, and urges followers to "liberate" merchandise from retail stores in the name of "the free circulation of goods." The group promotes shoplifting as a form of disobedience and direct action against multinational corporations. Followers steal food from supermarkets, ride transit systems without paying, and conduct coordinated shoplifting incidents. The movement has a Web site that provides news and videos about the movement's thefts and pranks. The movement has appeared recently in Germany, Chile, and Mexico. Yomango began in Spain in 2002, but the movement has its roots in Argentina.


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