22 Mar, 2019 @ 15:27
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Naked effigies of Trump, Hitler, Stalin and Franco torched in Valencia’s Las Fallas festival

EXPOSED: Trump gets the torch alongside past controversial dictators

A WEEK-long festival in Valencia celebrating Saint Joseph has seen the burning of a naked Donald Trump standing next to Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Fransisco Franco.

The Las Fallas festival is characterised by the construction of hundreds of wooden, cardboard or papier-mache sculptures, which are called ninots, and often satirise political figures.

Pedro Sanchez made an appearance this year flying in the presidential plane, and other ninots showed Donald Trump’s head on the body of a gorilla, Hitler in pink speedos and a British red telephone box satirising Brexit.

Previous years have seen an effigy of Trump building a wall.

On March 19, the festival celebrating the patron saint of carpenters culminates in a massive burning of the ninots, signalling an end to one of Valencia’s most well-known annual events.

The festival celebrating the patron saint of carpenters dates back to the 18th century, and was recognised in 2016 as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage.

The event attracts an estimated 1.5 million tourists each year.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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