Madrid (CNN) – Half a dozen people, including a 30-year-old man from the American city of Atlanta, were taken to hospital in Pamplona, Spain, after the first bull race in three years.
The Navra regional government press office told CNN on Thursday that none of the six were killed by an ox during the race.
The American suffered a broken left arm, while five other injured people, four men and a 16-year-old woman, all Spaniards, were sent to the hospital with various injuries, the press office said.
Ravelers race during a bull race at the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona on July 7th.
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The first San Fermin festival since 2019 began on Wednesday, with huge crowds swarming the streets of the Spanish city.
Thousands gathered in front of Pamplona’s City Hall to mark the opening of a nine-day celebration popular with tourists. The annual festival was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the Kovid-19 epidemic.
Thursday was the first day of the bull race, a centuries-old tradition and was published worldwide by Ernest Hemingway’s novel “The Sun Also Rises”, also published under the title “Fiesta”.
Thousands of people have flocked to the iconic Pamplona Festival starting on Wednesday.
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The controversial incident has long been criticized by animal rights activists, and dozens of people were seen protesting in Pamplona on Tuesday wearing dinosaur costumes.
At least 39 people were injured at the festival in 2019 – including three shootings
The bull race continues from 8 a.m. local time until July 14.
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