Published: Wed, July 13, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Spain: 6 gored in hair-raising Pamplona bull-run

The streets were packed with runners dressed in matching white and red outfits, as the balconies above overflowed with people watching the spectacle.

The 28-year-old died after a bull's horn pierced his lung and heart during a run in the southeastern village of Pedreguer near Valencia, a spokesman for the regional government said on Saturday.

Twelve people were injured and taken to hospital, two of them having been gored by bulls and one knocked unconscious, on the third day of bulls running in the Spanish city of Pamplona on Saturday, according to the organiser. The festival website lists the Canadian, with the initials P.C.O., in serious condition in a local hospital.

Navarra Hospital has confirmed that one man was gored in the thorax but said his condition was considered stable and seven others were injured in falls and suffered contusions.

A 24-year-old Spanish man suffered "less serious" injuries after he was gored in the arm, it said.

Spain's bull runs are a tradition rooted, originally, in farmers' need to speed cattle transport.

Victor Barrio, a 29-year-old professional bullfighter, was killed when a bull's horn pierced his chest in front of spectators as he competed in a fight in the town of Teruel in the eastern region of Aragon. The man was pronounced dead about an hour later.

The town suspended all bull-related festivities for the day.

Several of the six bulls used in the run Friday got separated from the pack and began charging whatever came in sight, creating many moments of fear and tension.

Participants run down a narrow 850-metre course alongside six bulls.

At least 16 runners have lost their lives down the years when taking part in the festival.

Last month's general election saw an animal rights party win a record number of votes in Spain as almost 285,000 people cast their ballot for PACMA - or 1.2 percent of all votes.

The nationality of the suspects was not clear but a protest march against the assault was planned for Thursday evening.

The nine-day fiesta became world famous with Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises" and is now one of Spain's most important tourist events.

Ten people were gored in the San Fermin festival previous year. Fifteen have died from gorings in the San Fermin event since 1924.

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