Man dies after being looted at Spanish bull run festival

It was the first such fatal accident in the country since such events resumed after the Covid-19 curbs were loosened during the summer.

The 55-year-old man, who is not named, was repeatedly attacked by the bull at the festival in Onda, the city council said on Saturday.

Other participants tried to lure the animal away, but their efforts failed.

The man died later Saturday at the hospital in the nearby town of Villarreal after bleeding softly from a wound in his left thigh that perforated his artery, emergency services said. He also got a head wound.

Onda Council canceled all bull runs planned at the city festival, which ends on Sunday. Other activities were not affected.

A public debate over whether to abolish bullfighting festivals has become more heated in recent years, and only a small number have taken place since Spain’s Covid-19 restrictions were lifted.

The animals released for the runs are generally used in bullfighting later that day. A 2020 survey conducted by Electomania, a polling company, found that 46.7% of Spaniards were in favor of a ban on bullfighting, 34.7% were not in favor but did not support a legal ban, and 18.6% thought that it should be preserved.

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