Madrid, 11 July 2019 (dpa/MIA) – Two tourists are being treated for serious injuries they sustained while taking part in the Spanish town of Pamplona’s famed Running of the Bulls festival, broadcaster RTVA reported on Tuesday.
A 49-year-old Brit sustained a compound fracture on his ankle, while a 42-year-old from the US city of Chicago sustained a concussion and a shoulder injury while taking part in the bull run, the report said citing hospital officials.
Several people who sustained lighter injuries in the run, which lasted two minutes and 13 seconds, received medical attention from the Red Cross at the scene.
The controversial San Fermin festival started on Saturday. There have been reports of injuries – including gorings – during previous runs this week.
Dozens of demonstrators from animal welfare organizations Peta and Animal Naturalis protested the festival in front of the town hall. Dressed only in black underwear, they wore horns on their heads and lay on the ground to protest the killing of animals in the bullring.
Such protests have been taking place regularly for the past 16 years, according to the newspaper La Vanguardia.
Dedicated to the city’s patron saint, San Fermin, the festival has existed since 1591, featuring the spectacle of six black fighting bulls running through the narrow streets of the city to the bullring for eight days in a row.