Bulls on the loose in Spanish city

Thousands of revellers from around the world flooded Pamplona on Friday (July 6) to mark the beginning of the city’s San Fermin festival with the ‘Chupinazo’, a firecracker set off in the city’s main square that opens a week of celebrations and controversial bull running. Revellers cheered and chanted wearing the traditional white t-shirts and trousers, as they awaited the lighting of Chupinazo at midday (1000 GMT), whereupon they tied red handkerchiefs around their necks to mark the start of the festival. The running of the bulls starts each morning at 8:00 am (0600 GMT) and takes place over a stretch of 800 metres from a corral to the city’s bull ring, where runners are chased by a pack of six bulls.

 

This year’s fiesta has been preceded by a controversial court ruling in which five men, who called themselves “The Wolf Pack”, were cleared in April of raping an 18-year-old woman at the festival in 2016, and convicted of the lesser crime of sexual abuse.