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By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – Last week Rio’s residents witnessed an Easter ritual unique to Brazil. On Holy Saturday Brazilians express their solidarity with Christ by making straw mannequins which represent the Biblical traitor Judas, hanging them in the streets, and attacking them furiously with sticks, baseball bats, chair legs or anything else to hand.

Often the likeness of Judas is swapped for the likeness of a villainized politician. This year it was the turn of Deputy Ibsen Pinheiro. Pinheiro is the author of a Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?