Hundreds of people gathered in Valencia, Sunday, to watch an effigy of US President Donald Trump, displayed building a border wall, burst into flames during the last day of the annual 'Las Fallas' festival of the fires celebration.
The Falla 'Ribera - Santa Clara Convent' built a Trump papier-mache display, surrounded by Chinese-looking models and a dragon figure, with the US President represented building a border wall, dressed in blue overalls and with a trowel in one hand and a brick in the other.
The display, also called 'falla' (Spanish for 'fault/flaw') since it represents the world's flaws, was set on fire for hundreds of residents and tourists to see, before being extinguished by the local fire brigade.
The Fallas is a typical Valencian celebration that commemorates Saint Joseph. Las Fallas celebrates the end of winter and runs over March 15 to 19, with revellers parading giant papier-mache figures, known as "ninots", through the streets before setting them alight and letting off fireworks.
SOT, Paco Romero, Vice President Falla 'Ribera - Santa Clara Convent' (Spanish): "The Falla [Spanish for 'fault, flaw', term describing both the celebration and the display] goes with a slogan that is 'Ti en ci' which means the Son of Heaven. In a way, the kings of the world are being represented and Trump represents one of the kings of the world right now. And, in this case, we have represented him as one of the icons that are speaking up at the moment, [like about] that wall that he wants to build between the US and Mexico. Well, it is a way of representing the current political situation within the world of the party and within the satire and criticism that always characterise the world of the Fallas."
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