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Mexicans set fire to an effigy of Donald Trump in Mexico City on March 26, 2016.
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Mexicans torched a Donald Trump effigy and cheered as the replica of the Republican presidential front runner exploded during its annual burning of the Judas festival on Saturday.

The popular ritual in Mexico City, which takes place before Easter and symbolizes Jesus’s victory over evil, drew hundreds of spectators who chanted “Death!” as the 10-foot-tall Trump papier mache was ignited, the Washington Post reports.

“For Latinos here and in the U.S., he’s a danger, a real threat,” Leonardo Linares, an effigy-maker who presided over one of the many block parties across Mexico, told the newspaper. “He’s a good man to burn as a Judas.”

Trump has threatened to build a wall to block new immigrants coming across the U.S.-Mexican border. He also called Mexicans “rapists” and “criminals” last summer while announcing his candidacy.

Other effigies that were burned included one of President Obama and one of an ISIS fighter, according to the Post.

[Washington Post]

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