Mexicans burn effigies of Donald Trump, Obama

Posted at 3:25 PM, Mar 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-27 17:25:43-04

By Joshua Berlinger


(CNN) — Mexicans are setting fire to Donald Trump. And President Barack Obama.

Well, sort of.

While it’s quite a headline, there’s a back story.

The Mexican tradition is similar to the “burning of Judas,” in which Christians burn effigies of Judas around Easter.

Mexicans, instead, burn cardboard effigies of the devil, politicians and people they generally don’t like.

Trump, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, was a predictable choice. When he declared his presidential campaign, he called Mexicans emigrating to the United States “criminals” and “rapists.”

He’s vowed to make Mexico pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border, which has drawn the ire of many Mexicans.

There was also an effigy of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the notorious leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel who escaped from prison and was recaptured in January.

A symbol of abhorred extremist group ISIS also got thrown into the embers.

Obama’s effigy also made the cut.

It could be because U.S. deportation of undocumented immigrants reached a record-high in 2013.

The President has been under fire for increasing immigration raids and deportations during his administration.

CNN en Español’s Bertha Ramos contributed to this report.

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