Some Mexicans celebrated Easter weekend by burning effigies of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has made disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants (video below).
Effigies were burned in Mexico City, Puebla and Monterrey. Hundreds of people shouted insults as the papier-mache Trumps went up in flames.
The "Burning of Judas" is a Mexican Holy Week tradition; people burn symbols of Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus Christ in the Bible. The Judases often look like forked-tongue devils and unpopular politicians.
The Trump effigies were filled with fireworks, lit with a fuse and blown up.
"Since he started his campaign and began talking about immigrants, Mexico, and Mexicans, I said 'I've got to get this guy,'" Felipe Linares, an artist who built a Trump effigy, told Reuters.
Linares has also created figures that resemble corrupt ex-union leader Elba Esther Gordillo and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has faced scandals during his current administration.
Trump has called some Mexican immigrants "criminals" and "rapists," and promised to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico if he is elected president. Trump insists that he is going to force Mexico to pay for the wall.
“Every year they pick some corrupt politician, but this year it had to be Trump,” Julio Cesar Rodriguez, who watched a burning in Mexico City, told USA TODAY. “He’s an obvious choice. He’s a bad person.”
Two effigies of Trump were torched in Mexico City's Merced Balbuena barrio where one bystander shouted, “Burn you filthy dog!”
According to CNN, there were also effigies of President Obama burned in Mexico, possibly because of the record-high deportation rate in 2013. Ironically, Trump has often criticized Obama for not securing the borders and deporting undocumented immigrants.
In addition to Trump and Obama, there were effigies burned in the likeness of drug king pin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who was recaptured by Mexican forces in January, and the Middle Eastern terrorist group, ISIS.