Fire bomb attack as Las Fallas tones down satire

10th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

10 March 2006, VALENCIA — An investigation was underway after four figures used in Valencia's Las Fallas festival were destroyed with a fire bomb.

10 March 2006

VALENCIA — An investigation was underway after four figures used in Valencia's Las Fallas festival were destroyed with a fire bomb.

The polystyrene figures were set alight in the early hours of the morning by youths who threw a petrol bomb from a motorbike.

They showed a woman and her child and another woman in African dress.

The attack comes after reports in the British Daily Telegraph on Friday claimed some of the traditionally satirical figures used in Las Fallas have been toned down so not to cause offence to Muslims.

The paper claimed in the wake of the Mohammed cartoons furore, groups who make the usually disrespectful figures feared reprisals.

Police so far have no clues as to who was behind the attack or what the motive was.

This year's Las Fallas, which starts this weekend and ends on 17 March when all the figures are burnt down, features models of George W Bush, Jose Luis Rodriguez and even Prince Charles dancing in Highland dress.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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