Once again the bulls stormed through the central streets of the Spanish town of Pamplona on Thursday (7 July) for the traditional 'running of the bulls' ceremony.
GV EXTERIOR: Pamplona bull ring crowded with people.
GV: bull runs through crowd of young men knocking several down.
SV: crowd cheer as young men taunt bull which knocks several down, one young man grabs bull around neck and is thrown heavily to ground. (2 shots)
GV: bulls run through crowd and knock down several young men.
GV: bull running through crowd.
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Background: Once again the bulls stormed through the central streets of the Spanish town of Pamplona on Thursday (7 July) for the traditional 'running of the bulls' ceremony.
SYNOPSIS: The ceremony marks the beginnings of the week-long festivities of San Fermin. It is a dangerous ritual and has received a great deal of criticism. On Friday (8 July) one 17-year-old youth was trampled to death and 35 other people were injured. Yet thousands of foreign and Spanish tourists pour into the town to witness and participate in the spectacle. According to tradition, the bulls are let loose along the streets leading to the bullring.
Most people try to stay out of the bulls' way, but some of the young men in Pamplona treat the occasion as an opportunity to display their courage. The bulls are taunted and fought both in the streets and in the arena. And although their horns are padded for the occasion, they can still cause damage. Almost inevitably each year someone is either killed or injured. The origins of the week-long festivities are unknown.
Every day for a week the running of bulls provided the best entertainment. But locals warn movices to stay clear of an enraged bull. Still people come to test their courage. The bulls are later killed in an afternoon fight. However the number of casualties has caused a considerable amount of controversy.
But despite the violence, the bulls are bigger and fiercer than ever and the drama continues in the ring.