Aspiring young matadors in the town of Pamplona, in northwest Spain, had their annual chance to prove their daring courage in the traditional running of the bulls.
GV Crowd running through streets, chased by bulls.
GV Bullring, with bulls being herded out of arena, people applaud.
GV Bulls released int arena with taped horns, charge crowds.
SV & GV Crowd watches as another bull chases men in ring, knocks one down. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Aspiring young matadors in the town of Pamplona, in northwest Spain, had their annual chance to prove their daring courage in the traditional running of the bulls. On Monday (7 July) twenty were injured, but not critically. The government was more worried about possible violence by Basque extremists.
SYNOPSIS: Every day during the week-long San Fermin festival seven fighting bulls thunder through the narrow, cobbled streets of Pamplona on a mile-long (1.5 km) route to the stadium. And every year, thousands of Spanish and foreign visitors pour into the town to watch the hair-raising event, as hundred of "aficionados" try to keep ahead of the charging bulls.
The run, made famous by American writer Ernest Hemingway, in his novel "The Sun Also Rises", ends at the stadium. There, the bulls are herded out to have their horns taped.
The bulls return and the budding fighters try their luck, to the amusement of hundreds of spectators.
The festivities ere marred two years ago by riots which broke out after clashes between Basque separatists and police. Last year the festival passed off peacefully, but with underlying tension.
This year, the revelling was in full swing, with drinking, singing and dancing filling the hours. Local authorities, however have braced themselves for possible trouble from Basque militants, following the arrest of eighteen suspected member of the Basque Separatist Organisation, ETA, in the Pamplona area last week. ETA have recently been waging an anti-tourism bombing campaign to secure the release of nineteen Basque prisoners, but the government has refused to negotiate with the guerrillas.