Mexicans Torch Trump Effigies in Easter Festivities

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The Republican frontrunner has become public enemy No. 1 in Mexico for his anti-immigrant remarks and controversial border wall proposal.

People throughout Mexico City burned papier-mache figures of GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump over Easter weekend in a ritual known in Spanish as the "burning of Judas."

Mexicans usually torch figures from their own political or social class, both past and present, but ever since Trump launched his candidacy in June and referred to some Mexican immigrants entering the U.S. as rapists and drug dealers, he has become a regular target of scorn and ridicule in Mexico.

It's not the first time that Mexicans have expressed their outrage over Trump by venting their anger against papier-mache objects. Shortly after the Donald made his controversial anti-immigrant remarks, Trump pinatas became all the rage.

Some Trump effigies on Saturday were emblazoned with swastikas and the letters KKK, according to the Mexican daily El Universal.

Trump drew criticism recently from Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto, who likened his "strident" rhetoric to that of fascist leaders such as Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

Former President Vicente Fox has chimed in as well. In a video message released this week, the outspoken Fox slams Trump's border wall proposal.

"Wake up America ... from the Republican nightmare, walls don't work," says Fox, who refers to Trump as a false prophet.

In February, in an interview with Univision, a visibly upset Fox said, "I'm not paying for that f---ing wall."

Mexicans also ignited effigies of recently captured drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and Kate del Castillo, the actress who brokered Sean Penn's Rolling Stone interview with El Chapo.