Monday, August 8, 2022

Four killed, dozens injured as stand collapses at Columbia Bullring

Colombia Bullring Tragedy: This event was part of the celebrations surrounding the San Pedro festival.

Bogotá:

At least four people were killed and 30 others seriously injured during a popular event at a bullring in Colombia on Sunday in which members of the public clashed with small bulls, officials said.

“Four people have died at the moment – two women, one man and one child,” the governor of Tolima Department, Jose Ricardo Orozco, told local radio after the incident in the central city of El Espinal.

According to photos circulating on social media, an entire three-storey section of a wooden stand full of spectators collapsed, causing dozens of people to fall to the ground.

Another video taken by someone at the scene showed people trying to run away from the stands while a bull kept roaming in the arena.

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“About 30 people are seriously injured… This is a preliminary report,” Orozco said.

Local civil protection officer Luis Fernando Vélez said he did not know how many people were still buried under the rubble, but noted that part of the stand was full when it fell.

The event was part of the celebrations surrounding the San Pedro festival, which is one of the most popular in the region.

Colombia’s outgoing President Ivan Duque expressed his solidarity with the families of those killed and injured on Twitter, saying, “We would request a fact-check about what happened.”

Orozco said the departmental government would move to ban so-called “corlejas”, in which local residents try their luck in the ring, saying they were dangerous and promoted animal abuse.

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On Saturday, several people were injured in accidents at Corlejas in El Espinal, which is home to some 78,000 people, and located about 150 kilometers (93 mi) from the capital Bogota.

Earlier this month, another person was killed after being crushed by a bull during a Corleza in the town of Rapelon.

President-elect Gustavo Petro, who took office on 7 August, joined Orozco in calling for a ban on amateur bullfights.

When he served as mayor of Bogotá, the leftist Petro banned bullfights at the city’s signature bullring, La Santamaria.

While animal abuse is a crime in Colombia, bull fights and cock fights are protected because of the cultural history behind them.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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