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.
Maduro en su desesperación por ocultar que es el Judas del país,ordena a la Guardia Nacional retirarlos!Igualito el Pueblo está claro! pic.twitter.com/Rrm1yA8wEA
— Henrique Capriles R. (@hcapriles) April 16, 2017
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.
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— Noticias Venezuela (@NoticiasVenezue) April 17, 2017
Capriles confirmed that Maduro ordered police to remove Judas dolls with his face.
— TalCualDigital.com (@DiarioTalCual) April 16, 2017
WE HAVE A WINNER. Dolls with Maduro’s face lead the burning of Judas.
— Liz Gonzalez (@LIZ_EJM) April 16, 2017
Tweet: INVITATION to Burn Judas today at 3pm.