Migrants Hang Trump Effigy From Tree And Set It Ablaze

This is the moment migrant activists in Mexico hang an effigy of US President Donald Trump from a tree and set it on fire amid fury over deportations.

In the video a man can be seen handing ropes to youngsters before the effigy – styled as a traditional Mexican pinata – can be seen hanging from a tree.

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Moments later the object can be seen bursting into flames as a crowd watches nearby.

The incident took place outside the National Institute of Migration in the city of Tapachula in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.

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The Trump pinata burning

According to local media, the protests began when the migrants were waiting to be processed by the Mexican authorities so that they could continue their journey towards the US border.

The protesters, most of them of African origin, made a Donald Trump ‘pinata’ riding on the back of a dinosaur and burned the effigy to protest the US President’s immigration policies, according to reports.

The group also claimed that the recent closure of immigrant offices in the Mexican state was just an excuse to contain the crossing of migrants from Central American countries.

Human rights official Luis Villagaray said that immigrants were never “criminalised” under previous US administrations and claimed that over 200 migrants have been deported since last week.

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Kids with the Trump pinata

He also accused Trump of promoting discrimination, according to local media.

Activists also burned a pinata of the current Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Reports said that the first person to arrive at the demonstration was Cuban national Denis Hernandez, who dressed as Trump and carried a crucifix over his shoulder. He demanded that his paperwork is processed quickly so that he can continue his journey towards the US.

He said: “If I have to give my life on this cross, I am ready.

“We are tired, physically and emotionally. We do not understand why we are not being given our documents. We will continue to strike until we do.”

According to local media, protesters also threw eggs at the National Institute of Migration offices.

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Story By: Ana LacasaSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Central European News


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