I'm not sure, at the moment, when representations of people were first attacked as an act of protest or anger. Probably a very long time ago but the practice is still very much with us. Last year Channel 4 effectively lynched convicted paedophile pop-star Gary Glitter in effigy and now Scotland’s first minister, Alex Salmond, has had a representation of him hanged in a graveyard in a bizarre and pseudo-occult protest rite.
This “bizarre way" of expressing dissatisfaction is thought be with the proposed crematorium scheduled to be built in Wairds cemetery. The anger over the crematorium appears to be based on the location, on the lower slopes of the Eildon Hills, rather than for religious reasons.