" "

Venezuelans participate in easter tradition, burning effigies of political figures

0 33

In a continuation of a longstanding Easter tradition, Venezuelans across the country participated in the burning of effigies representing political figures, with President Nicolas Maduro and opposition presidential hopefuls as the focal points of the ritual. This custom, once centered around the effigy of Judas Iscariot, has evolved to reflect contemporary political sentiments within the country.

Traditionally, the effigy of Judas Iscariot, symbolizing betrayal in Christian belief, was burned on Easter Sunday. However, in recent years, Venezuelans have adapted the tradition to express their disdain for current political figures. With the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for July 28, this year’s burnings were particularly charged with political significance.

In opposition strongholds, dummies representing President Maduro, the incumbent seeking a third term, were set ablaze. Maduro’s tenure has been marked by the collapse of Venezuela’s oil-based economy and a perceived increase in authoritarianism. Conversely, in areas supportive of the president, effigies of prominent opposition leader Maria Corina Machado were burned. Machado, despite aspirations to run for president, has faced legal obstacles preventing her candidacy.

The diverse political landscape was reflected in the burning of a dummy in the Candelaria neighborhood, featuring images of both Maduro and Manuel Rosales, a last-minute opposition candidate perceived as more conciliatory towards the government. This symbolic gesture underscored the tension surrounding the upcoming elections and allegations of electoral manipulation.

As the dummies were ignited, protesters voiced their grievances, accusing certain political figures of collusion with the government and neglecting the plight of ordinary Venezuelans. In Valle, another working-class area, effigies representing Machado and even Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were set ablaze, further highlighting the range of political grievances expressed during the ritual.

Despite the obstacles faced by opposition candidates, Machado remains optimistic about her potential candidacy, asserting that Venezuelan laws provide avenues for her inclusion on the ballot. With ongoing political uncertainty and mounting socio-economic challenges, the burning of effigies serves as a poignant reminder of the deep divisions and frustrations pervading Venezuelan society as it approaches a crucial electoral juncture.

About Author

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *