11 sexual assault arrests at Spain's bull running fiesta

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 15, 2017

Five Americans, three Spaniards and two French visitors, all males, required treatment after joining hundreds of intrepid participants in the second running of the bulls through Pamplona's narrow streets this week.

Medical officials in Spain say that the bull run on the final day of the San Fermin festival has left six people injured.

Jon Arizeta said Friday that one of the six runners suffered serious injuries to the head and back.

He was struck - but not gored- by the horn of a bull as the pack swept through a group of runners in the final section of the run, close to the bullring entrance. Doctors were still evaluating their condition. Most people are hurt in falls or by being trampled on by bulls.

Four Americans and a Spaniard have been gored since the runs started Friday. All but a 22 year-old Californian man who is recovering from an arm injury have been discharged from hospital, the Navarra government reported.

11 sexual assault arrests at Spain's bull running fiesta
11 sexual assault arrests at Spain's bull running fiesta

The bulls face matadors and nearly certain death in afternoon bullfights.

Despite the fact that a number of people are hurt on each day of the nine-day festival, the event in the city of Pamplona attracts tourists from across the world every year. Bull runs are a traditional part of summer festivals across the country.

Made famous internationally by Ernest Hemingway's novel "The Sun Also Rises", the Pamplona bull run is the largest of many similar local events throughout Spain.

Owing to complaints in previous years, the city renewed a campaign against sexual attacks, coordinated efforts from security agents and social services as well as attempting to educate the public.

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