Before Christmas every year Guatemalans hold a traditional ceremony called, “La Quema del Diablo,” otherwise known as the “Burning of the Devil.”
This year they have targeted U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as the “devil” being set ablaze in the form of his cardboard look-alike.
Guatemalans, said to be one of the highest number of immigrant populations coming to America, are one of the many south American countries outraged at Trump’s illegal immigration policies, including his promise to build a wall along the U.S. – Mexican border.
Astrid Soto, one of the participants in the ceremony, was quoted by Reuters saying, “We are against this person in many respects regarding deportations, the wall he wants to build. We do not agree,” before lighting up Trump’s effigy.
This ceremony, La Quema del Diablo, which was first celebrated in the 16th century, gained popularity in the 1990’s. The participants believe that by burning effigies of Trump, (who they consider to be the devil), they are casting out evil spirits from their homes and neighborhoods.
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