Bulls Gored Three, Women Lifting Their Tops Prohibited for the First Time in Spain’s Bull Run 2014
By Athena Yenko | July 15, 2014 11:37 AM EST
Two Australians, aged 24 and 26, were among those 7 people who were reportedly gored during the widely participated Bull Run in Spain, Pamplona for this year's San Fermin Festival.
A total of 42 people were taken to the hospital.
The 24-year-old Australian identified with the initials J.G. was stabbed in the right thigh. The 26-year-old suffered stabbing thrice, AFP reports.
The goring happened as a 595kg bull named "Olivito" veered off from its pack and attacked runners who were traditionally dressed in white clothes with red scarfs. A stampede happened as runners tried to run away from "Olivito".
A young man, who has yet to be identified, had "Olivito's" sole attention. The bull stabbed the man repetitively and was able to lift the young man in the air and pinned him onto the wall. The man was injured right away but was able to still run away from the bull. However, the bull was able to catch him once again and stabbed him one more time. Other runners tried to pull the bull away from the man through its tail. Reports were not clear how the man was able to escape the mad bull.
Meanwhile, women were advised against previous practice of lifting their tops to avoid groping in public.
San Fermin Festival 2014 was the very first time that a team of undercover police was specifically tasked to watch against sexual assaults on women.
The team was able to apprehend a 22-year-old American man from New Jersey who groped a woman's behind. The man tried to escape the police but to no avail.
"Some people have the wrong idea about what San Fermin is. San Fermin is not an open bar where you can do anything you want and touch women freely," Pamplona city councillor Gabriel Viedma told AFP.
The 2014 San Fermin Festival saw a toughened campaign against sexual assaults on women. Pamplona mayor Enrique Maya said reported incidents in the past had tarnished the image of Spain as a tourist destination. Campaign posters with the logo: "For a fiesta free of sexual abuse and harassment" written in Spanish, English and French, were posted across Pamplona.
"There are behaviours that are not acceptable during the rest of the year, and during the festival they shouldn't be acceptable either. Unfortunately for many years Pamplona was sold as a lawless city during San Fermin. The goal is to change that image because not everything goes. No is no. Women have the right to impose limits," Zurine Altable, an activist with the Bilgune Feminista women's group told AFP.
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