23 Apr, 2019 @ 11:43
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WATCH: Andalucian town shoot and burn model of former Catalan President

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WATCH: The doll resembling the former Catalan president is attacked

RESIDENTS of a town in Andalucia have set alight and shot an effigy of Carles Puigdemont, the ex-president of the Catalonia region in Spain.

Townspeople in Coripe, Seville attacked the model of Puigdemont which was dressed in the Catalan flag and adorned with a yellow ribbon – a pro-independence symbol.

The traditional ‘Burning of Judas’ ritual has been celebrated in the area for 100 years, but videos of the incident caused controversy on social media.

“Today in a town in Spain, governed by the PSOE, they decided to shoot and burn a doll that looked like me, and that wore a visible yellow ribbon.

“They did not want to shoot and burn me, they wanted to mock the struggle for freedom of prisoners and exiles,” said Puigdemont.

BOTH BARRELS: Townspeople open fire on the effigy

The mayor of Coripe, Antonio Perez, dismissed the controversy as ‘satire’ and has justified the decision to make a Judas doll resembling the former Catalan president.

Perez said the tradition of the festival was to create a figure ‘that represents evil and the thing that is killed is evil.’

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