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Venezuelans Celebrated Easter by Burning Effigies of President Nicolás Maduro

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Apr 17, 2017, 2:44 pm
 Burning Effigies of President Nicolás Maduro
As a symbol of “mob justice” each Easter Sunday, Venezuelans participate in the religious tradition of “burning Judas”. (NotiHoy)

EspañolThis year, Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro was burnt instead of Judas.

All over Venezuela, rag dolls with the faces of the country’s dictatorship were set ablaze while law enforcement worked to prevent the tradition from taking place.

As a symbol of “mob justice,” each Easter Sunday, Venezuelans participate in the religious tradition of “burning Judas,” but this year it was an opportunity for the Venezuelan opposition to protest Maduro and his allies.

Venezuelans burnt dolls of Supreme Court judges, Venezuelan politician Tarek William Saab, Director of the CNE Tibisay Lucena and several governors and mayors who sympathize with Chavez’s legacy.

ASeveral political parties opposing Maduro invited people to gather with their effigies so as to hold a joint burning in important areas across various cities.

In the state of Vargas, Governor Jorge García Carneiro, who sympathizes with the Maduro regime, ordered state police to collect all Judas dolls dressed like him and Maduro, as well as to prevent any other traditional burnings. In the state of Miranda, similar events took place, as security personnel was deployed to prevent the tradition from taking place.


 

Following the Supreme Court’s coup d’état of the National Assembly — usurping all of its legislative functions — the Venezuelan opposition has called for more demonstrations in the coming weeks.

See the most creative Judas

Capriles confirmed that Maduro ordered police to remove Judas dolls with his face.

WE HAVE A WINNER. Dolls with Maduro’s face lead the burning of Judas.

Tweet: INVITATION to Burn Judas today at 3pm.

Source: El Nuevo Herald; El Nacional

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.