EMPAR MOLINER, a presenter on TV show Els Matins (Mornings), has whipped up a storm by setting fire to a copy of the Spanish Constitution during the edition broadcast on Monday April 11.
The show is aired on Catalan channel TV3, and the presenter’s actions were a protest at the national Constitutional Court overruling a Catalan energy law, which aimed to prevent electricity companies cutting supply to poor families.
“Poor Catalans will have to use any book they can find as a heater,” exclaimed the presenter. She ripped pages out of the book, threw them into a metal dustbin before lighting them with a match as she continued: “Look how well it burns!”
Popular Party spokesman Pablo Casado commented that his party “demands an apology from TV3 for permitting a copy of the Constitution to be burned,” while referring to the stunt as “worthy of totalitarian regimes.”
The full clip was initially posted on TV3’s website with the title ‘When warming up in winter is unconstitutional’, but has since been removed.