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Mexicans burn Donald Trump effigies in Easter ritual

MEXICO CITY ( ) – Mexicans celebrating an Easter ritual late on Saturday burnt effigies,上海品茶群二维码Kai, of U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, whose anti-immigrant views have sparked outrage south of the American border.

In Mexico City’s poor La Merced neighborhood, hundreds of cheering residents yelled “death” and various insults as they watched the explosion of the grinning papier-mâché mock-up of the real estate tycoon, replete with blue blazer, red tie and his trademark tuft of blond hair.

Media reported that Trump effigies burned across Mexico, from Puebla to Mexico’s industrial hub Monterrey.

The burning is part of a widespread Mexican Holy Week tradition 上海品茶会所where neighborhoods burn effigies to represent Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus Christ according to the Bible. The effigies are often modeled on unpopular political figures.

“Since he started his campaign and began talking about immigrants, Mexico, and Mexicans, I said ‘I’ve got to get this guy,’” said Felipe Linares, the artisan who crafted Trump and whose family has been making Judases for more than 50 years.

Trump, the front-runner to win the Republican nomination for the Nov. 8 election, has drawn fire in Mexico with his campaign vow to build a wall along the southern U.S. border to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs, and to make Mexico pay for it.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has said his country will not pay for the wall and likened Trump’s “strident tone” to the ascent of dictators like Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

Trump, who has also aroused concern among many in his own party with his proposals, has accused Mexico of sending rapists and drug runners across the border and vowed to incre,专门哟啪的微信群Falkner,ase fees on some Mexican visas and all border crossing cards to help make Mexico pay for,上海品茶微信Hadleigh, the wall.

Judas effigies are burnt in villages and towns in several Latin American countries such as Venezuela and in parts of Greece. Anthropologists say the practice serves a symbolic function to overcome divisions and unite communities around a common enemy.

Linares has also done mock-ups of corrupt former union leader Elba Esther Gordillo and President Enrique Pena Nieto, whose popularity has been hit by conflict-of-interest scandals and the disappearance of 43 students at the hands of corrupt police.

Nightmare for fliers as air traffic control problems and heatwave grounds aircraft


Travel disruption from the heatwave switched from trains to planes yesterday with air traffic control problems compounding delays for passengers.

At least 25 flights between Scotland and Heathrow and Gatwick were among those cancelled. Air traffic control company Nats reported a technical problem at its Swanwick centre in Hampshire, which controls airspace across the southern UK, shortly after noon. It restricted the rate at which aircraft could land at the airports.

At 3pm, the firm said it had “fixed the issue sufficiently to safely increase traffic flow rates” and expected an “improving picture through the rest of the day”.

European air traffic co-ordinating agency Eurocontrol said the problem was caused by an “issue with radar displays”.

That added to the woes at Heathrow and Gatwick as they were already asking passengers to check with airlines before travelling due to heatwave-related issues across Europe.

Scottish flights cancelled included 21 at Edinburgh, most to and from the two London airports.

Four British Airways and EasyJet flights between the airports and Glasgow were also grounded.

The Scotland-London east and west coast main lines re-opened after Network Rail engineers worked overnight to repair damage caused by high temperatures.

But Eurostar said passengers to and from Paris faced “severe disruption” due to overhead power line problems in the French capital.

Scotland recorded its hottest overnight temperature, of 20.9C at Achnagart, south east of Kyle of Lochalsh.

The Met Office said it was checking a provisional figure that could be a new UK temperature high of 38.7C.

It was recorded on Thursday Cambridge University Botanic Garden and is 0.2C higher than the record set in Kent in 2003.

The official top temperature that day – and a new J,上海品茶微信Edgar,uly record – was 38.1C, in Cambridge. Edinburgh set a new record of 31.6C.

However, temperatures are forecast to fall over the weekend, with a yellow – “be aware” – severe weather warning for heavy rain and flooding from 9am today to 3pm tomorrow.

The warning area has been extended to cover the Central Belt as well as western and southern Scotland, along with much of England away from the south west.

A Met Office sp,上海品茶会所Harris,okeswoman said: “An area of rain is expected to move 爱上海419slowly and erratically north westwards across parts of the UK on Saturday and Sunday.

“While some places within the warning area may see very little, others could see several hours of heavy rain.

“Accumulations of 40-60mm are possible, with perhaps as much as 80-100mm in places, especially over high ground.”

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