95 hurt in San Fermin's 'running of the bulls'

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12 July 2005, PAMPLONA — Ninety-five people were hurt so far in the San Fermin 'running of the bulls' festival in Pamplona.

12 July 2005

PAMPLONA — Ninety-five people were hurt so far in the San Fermin 'running of the bulls' festival in Pamplona.

Twenty-nine were either gored or hurt falling on the ground as they tried to avoid the charging the bulls on Tuesday.

Only two have been taken to hospital and they are not thought to be in a serious conditions.

But the worst day was Monday when 66 people were hurt in the famous festival.

Every day for a week six bulls chase thousands of runners down the streets of Pamplona in a chaotic race from the city's outskirts to the bullring during the annual San Fermin festival.

One bullfighter ran only hours before he was due to perform in the ring. "It's an evident risk," Juan José Padilla said. "But it's also the realisation of a youthful dream."

Pamplona's population of 200,000 swelled with some 2 million visitors over the weekend, authorities said.

The festival in this northern city, known for its all-night street parties, dates back to the late 16th century, though its roots reach back to the era when Spain was first Christianised. It gained worldwide fame in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel The Sun Also Rises.

Since 1924, 13 people have been killed. The last was a 22-year-old American, Matthew Peter Tassio, who was gored in 1995.

This year's festival is due to pay a special tribute to him to mark the 10th anniversary of his death. Another famed runner, Fermin Etxeberria, died in 2003. Etxeberria, 63 when he died, had never suffered an injury in 350 runs.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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