Joan Baldoví has spiced up Spanish parliament by performing a mock striptease in protest against Spain’s forced home evictions.
You settle down to watch Prime Minister’s Questions and David Cameron casually begins whipping off his clothes. While thankfully for us this is just a sick nightmare, it was somewhat of a reality on Wednesday for Spain.
Joan Baldoví, a left wing politician for Catalan Compromís-Equo has bewildered the country by performing a spontaneous striptease whilst speaking in Spanish parliament.
The mock performance wasn’t just for laughs though; the 54-year-old has an ulterior motive. The move was a protest against Spain’s regime of forced home evictions.
Proving men really can multitask, Baldoví first removed his jacket whilst talking in favour of Spain’s anti-eviction protestors, before pulling off his tie to laughter and jeers from his audience.
Jesús Posada, the speaker of Spain’s parliament was not best pleased and forewarned the MP as he unbuttoned his shirt: “Mr Baldoví, if you continue to behave like this, I’m going to have disallow you from speaking.”
Far from a hairy chest, Baldoví exposed a red t-shirt he wore underneath which displayed the words ‘Stop Desahucios.’ The design was thought to be that used by Spain’s peak anti-evictions lobby, Platform for Mortgage Victims (PAH).
PAH, who are led by activist Ada Colau have recently received a lot of negative press when their demonstrations – known as “escrache” protests – targeted the homes and offices of politicians. This has led to their protests repeatedly being called undemocratic and even “pure nazism” by the prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, and his second in command, María Dolores de Cospedal.
Known for criticizing the government on corruption scandals, Baldoví has continued to stick up for the protesters, calling them “dignified people who were fighting for a just cause” and urging people to listen to them. The long economic recession has resulted in a large amount of home evictions in Spain, many people unable to pay off their mortgages.
The newspaper El País found in early April that in total a shocking 38,778 primary and secondary residences were taken back by lenders last year. It was also revealed by a housing census carried out by Spain’s national statistics office that in 2011, 20% of Spanish residences stood empty.
While we’re certainly not encouraging stripping, maybe Baldoví’s got the right idea.
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