Man dies during bull-running event in Spanish city of Onda

Participants try to avoid a Miura fighting bull on the last bullrun of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, northern Spain
Bull runs like those at Pamplona’s San Fermín festival (pictured) have drawn controversy in Spain in recent years

A 55-year-old man has died after being gored at a bull-running event in the eastern Spanish town of Onda.

The man was repeatedly attacked by the bull at the Fira de Onda festival, suffering a head wound and having an artery punctured in his left thigh.

He died at a hospital in the nearby town of Villareal.

Onda council said it had cancelled all bull-running events in the town’s festival, but other activities would go ahead.

It was the first fatality of its kind since similar events were resumed in Spain, following a relaxation of Covid restrictions over the summer.

But despite the rule changes, only a handful of bull-running events have gone ahead, as debate ramps up in Spain over whether they should be abolished.

The practice has been a long-standing feature of Spanish culture. Similar bull runs are held in neighbouring France and Portugal as well.

During the events, crowds of participants run in front of a group of bulls which are let loose in a section of the town. In some festivals, the bulls are then taken to participate in controversial bull-fighting tournaments.

Injuries are common in bull runs.

Since 1910, at least 16 runners have lost their lives during the San Fermín festival in Pamplona.

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