• Spain's news in English
 

Bull takes on village in savage Spanish festival

Published: 17 Sep 2013 15:59 GMT+02:00

Young men in jeans or shorts and t-shirts chased the 580-kilogramme (1,280-pound) beast, named Vulcano, through the fortified town of Tordesillas in central Spain.

It was slaughtered after crossing a bridge into a meadow where it faced crowds of people, some on horseback and many carrying lances.

A total of 12 people were injured in the event, known as Toro de la Vega, a Red Cross spokesman said.

Click here to see The Local's gallery of Spain's craziest festivals.

Most people suffered cuts and bruises but two people had broken bones and one person was gored: photographer Pedro Armestre, 41, a freelancer who works regularly for news agency AFP and was covering the event for the agency.

The bull gored Armestre in the right thigh.

Armestre, who was conscious and speaking to AFP's Madrid office after the injury, was taken to a hospital in Valladolid for surgery.

The Red Cross official said Armestre's condition was serious but not life-threatening, describing the skewering as "long but not too deep, that is to say, it is not an excessively serious goring".

Hundreds of activists from the Party Against Bullfighting and Animal Cruelty (PACMA), protested in Madrid three days ahead of the event. Banners at the protest declared: "Torture is not culture" and "Stop Toro de la Vega".

Activists from the group delivered a petition to Spain's parliament, saying it contained more than 85,000 signatures opposing the Toro de la Vega.

Tordesillas' mayor Jose Antonio Gonzalez Poncela played down the protests, saying there were similar demonstrations at bullrings around Spain "so it is nothing more than that".

"There are always people in favour and people against in all aspects of life, not just for bullfighting," he told Spanish public radio RTVE.

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Reinventing Spain's 'ageless art' of flamenco
Merche Esmeralda performing in 2009. Photo: Daniel Garcia /AFP

Reinventing Spain's 'ageless art' of flamenco

Veteran flamenco star, Merche Esmeralda, is the figurehead of the renaissance of Spain's classic gypsy dance. READ  

 Varoufakis warns Spain could 'become Greece'
Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. Photo: John Thys / AFP

Varoufakis warns Spain could 'become Greece'

Spain could become like Greece if the same austerity policies are imposed on the country, former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said in an interview published Sunday. READ  

Spanish public workers to get pay rise
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP

Spanish public workers to get pay rise

Spanish public workers will get a one-percent pay rise next year, the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Friday, trumpeting the country’s economic recovery a few months ahead of a general election. READ  

Two charged over Spain bungee jump death
The bridge from which Ms De Abreu jumped. Photo: Macucal / Wikimedia Commons

Two charged over Spain bungee jump death

Two people have been charged with manslaughter over the death of a British woman who died bungee-jumping in Spain. READ  

Video
Tourist lies on speeding car in latest stupid stunt
Screengrab from video posted by karrasko82 on Youtube

Tourist lies on speeding car in latest stupid stunt

Footage showing a half-naked tourist spread-eagled across the back of a car speeding along a busy motorway outside Marbella is being investigated by police. READ  

Recovering Spanish banks see profits rise
BBVA is Spain's second biggest bank. Archive photo: AFP

Recovering Spanish banks see profits rise

Major Spanish banks reported a surge in quarterly net profits on Friday as earnings soared in a sector that just three years ago had to be bailed out. READ  

Childhood memory helps to locate Civil War grave
The remains of the Republican soldier were found thanks to the memories of a man who was 10 years old at the time of the murder. Photo: Governació. Gencat/Twitter

Childhood memory helps to locate Civil War grave

A man who witnessed the execution of a Republican soldier as a ten-year-old boy in 1939 has led investigators to the unmarked grave. READ  

Barcelona shooting victim was Dutch fugitive
The shooting took place outside the Hotel Silken Ramblas. Photo: hoteles-silken.com

Barcelona shooting victim was Dutch fugitive

Police have discovered that the man shot outside a hotel in the tourist heart of Barcelona was a Dutch member of an illegal biker gang wanted by Interpol. He has been arrested in his hospital bed. READ  

Hundreds flee floods at music festival campsite
Archive photo of a flooded tent. Photo: Paul Holloway/Flickr

Hundreds flee floods at music festival campsite

Around a thousand people camping at the Arenal Sound festival on Spain’s eastern coast had to be evacuated from the site in the early hours of Friday morning after heavy rains caused major flooding. READ  

What's on in Spain: August 2015
San Sebastian has a week of festivities in August. Photo: Donostiako Festak / Flickr

What's on in Spain: August 2015

It's holiday season and towns and cities are preparing to host some of the best parties of the year. The Local gives you a round up of all the most interesting events around the country in August. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Features
10 facts you didn't know about Spanish wine
National
Best place to commute to London? It's Madrid
National
Gazpacho: Spaniards are going crazy for cold soup
Travel
Seven silly TripAdvisor comments about Spain
Politics
Hot or not? Politicans in Spain are rated on looks
National
Spanish town gives pets equal rights as citizens
National
VIDEO: Seagull steals camera for amazing bird's eye selfie
National
Spanish town brings in compulsory siesta law
National
Hero cops save newborn baby dumped in trash
National
Top 10 Spanish treats to keep you cool in summer
National
Catholic group calls for sex-segregated beaches
National
Spanish chef dumps Trump over racist slurs
National
Madrid mayor to rid city of dictator Franco
National
The survivor's guide to running with the bulls
National
The ten most repressive points of Spain's gag law
National
Spain celebrates ten years of gay marriage
Travel
Top ten tricks to survive the Spanish summer
National
Woof! The top ten dog-friendly beaches in Spain
National
Driver fined €80 for biting fingernails at the wheel
National
Castle for sale, one-time pad of mad queen, €15 million
National
And the most beautiful plaza in Spain is...?
Politics
Spanish mayor's rogue little toes go viral
Top that! Italy snatches pizza title from Spain
National
Diphtheria is 'Russian roulette with real bullets'
Politics
French PM takes flak for taking his kids on state jet to footy final
National
Spain's little 'prince' shamed for racist rant
National
Spain world's second best for work-life balance
Travel
Barcelona most bike-friendly city on the Med
National
British expat fury over EU referendum snub
Politics
Madrid goes mad for radical mayor Manuela
10 super Spanish drinks everyone should try
National
Are these Spain's ten most powerful women?
National
Horse deaths reveal dark side of Rocio pilgrimage
Travel
Six of the best gourmet burger joints in Madrid
Travel
The ten best places for foodies in Barcelona
Education
7 reasons for Spain's newfound love of English
Features
7 reasons why Spain's the best place on earth
National
The perks and quirks of having a baby in Spain
National
Iceland revokes order to 'kill Basques on sight'
National
Five reasons why it’s good to be gay in Spain
National
Job creation? The truth behind Spain's figures
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,210
jobs available