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Published on Mar 20, 2017

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.


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