Skip to comments.23 injured in Pamplona as bull run ends in a stampede by the revelers
Posted on 07/13/2013 10:08:08 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
PAMPLONA, Spain The penultimate bull run of Spains San Fermin festival left at least 23 people injured Saturday, when thrill-seekers fleeing the beasts were crushed at the narrow entrance to the bullring, officials said. An American citizen from Ohio was one of two runners gored.
As the huge animals thundered into the entrance of the tunnel, they were blocked by a mound of dozens of people who had fallen and were piled on top of one other.
One bull that had fallen before the entrance got up and charged into the clogged passageway. Two steers jumped over the pile of people as they began to get up and flee.
I felt anguish and helplessness for the people trapped there, not knowing how to get out, said Jesus Lecumberri, 20, a student with several years experience running at Pamplona and other bull-running festivals.
Lecumberri said he had charged in to the entrance alongside the first bull, but saw the pileup and quickly dived into a ground-level hatch built into the passage specifically to provide an escape route from situations like this.
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This is a great old tradition and I would hope they continue it forever. The one thing I wish they’d stop doing is reporting that someone got hurt like it was some horrible surprise. OF COURSE someone is gonna get hurt if you have a charging bull amidst so many people.
It is not newsworthy if someone gets gored (alas).
They did not have to attend the event.
Let’s start a journalism school that teaches genuine journalism instead of sensationalism and propaganda.
If some rich person could start a real journalism school, it could help America immensely
A celebration of stupidity.
This is reminiscent of the year when the “runners” formed a human pyramid and blocked the entrance intentionally.
When I was in the Marine Corps stationed at Pendleton . I made the trip to Tijuana and attended the bull fights. I enthusiastically supported the bull from the stands. I was glared at by the Mexicans and did not give a rip. I think bull fighting is the most cowardly human endeavor that exists.
While I am not an expert on bovine anatomy, I do know the differance between a “bull” and a “steer.”
If the political establishment has their way, we may one day see bullfights in the Rose Bowl.
I was rooting for the bulls....ole!
I can imagine the post race conversation amongst the bulls..."How many did you get today?"
They’ll be back next year to do it again.
An apt visual of European wisdom.
No thanks I will stick to surfing with Great Whites.
I attended one in Acapulco once and could only take maybe 5 minutes before I had to walk out......It's hard to describe how I felt, definitely sad but also like something had sucked the humanity out of my body and left me hollow.
For what it's worth, bull killing in Mexico is actually the minor leagues of that event. The real bulls are in Spain, much bigger and bred for it.....the matadors there are more skilled in the killing too.....not that it really matters.
The picture I posted in number 8 is from a paper that prohibits their articles posted here.
About eight years ago an Active Duty Air Force officer (1Lt or Capt?) died running with the bulls while on leave in Spain. Fortunately, the Air Force deviated from their standard operating procedure of pulling in every one to brief them on the dangers of playing stupid games with several tons of potential hamburger.
Stoopid should be painful.
The American was undergoing surgery Saturday afternoon after suffering a rectal perforation, the Navarra government, which organizes the annual festivities, said in a statement."
To be expected. LOL! No sympathy from me. LOL!
Pics and video here
Gives new meaning to that old saw, "Shove it in and break it off"....
Who knew... there are RULES to the running
What is not allowed in the bull run
People under 18 years of age, who must not run or participate.
Crossing police barriers placed to ensure that the run goes off smoothly.
Standing in areas and places along the route that have been expressly prohibited by the municipal police force.
Before the bulls are released, waiting in corners, blind spots, doorways or in entrances to other establishments located along the run.
Leaving doors of shops or entrances to apartments open along the route. The responsibility for ensuring these doors are closed lies with the owners or tenants of the properties.
Being in the bull run while drunk, under the effects of drugs or in any other improper manner.
Carrying objects that are unsuitable for the run to take place correctly.
Wearing inappropriate clothes or footwear for the run.
Inciting the bulls or attracting their attention in any manner, and for whatever reason, along the route of the run or in the bullring.
Running backwards towards the bulls or running behind them.
Holding, harassing or maltreating the bulls and stopping them from moving or being led to the pens in the bullring.
Stopping along the run and staying on the fence, barriers or in doorways in such a way that the run or the safety of other runners is jeopardised.
Taking photographs inside the run, or from the fences or barriers without due authorisation.
Carrying objects that are unsuitable for the good order and security of the bull run.
Installing elements that invade horizontal, vertical or aerial space along the bull run, unless expressly authorised by the Mayor”s Office.
Any other action that could hamper the bull run taking place normally.
Stoopid should be painful.
I Love that!
Hold muh cervasa and watch this !
I’m cheering for the bulls!
Are the bulls OK?
Why? Do you like to see people mauled by bulls? Even if they are stupid people?
The Romans used to throw people to the lions too but I don't think that was a great tradition that needed to be continued forever.
this is voluntary
the Romans that got thrown to the lions usually did not ask for the privilege
Somehow the movie CITY SLICKERS comes to mind.
I lived in Spain for 3 years and always thought what a mindless event. It's a dumb-ass macho thing. I always laughed when they got trounced or gored. Stupid is as stupid does. Go get some tapas and vino, instead. Oh, and the Spanish really don't need a festival for every Saint every other week. They would clog the streets and all commerce would shut down. But then they're doing so well economically.
Reminds me of a graphic which shall not be named.