Six injured as bull run returns to Spanish Pamplona

Madrid (CNN) – Half a dozen people, including a 30-year-old man from the US city of Atlanta, were taken to hospital after the first bull run in three years in Pamplona, ​​Spain.

None of the six were hit by the bull during the race, Navarre’s regional government press office told CNN on Thursday.

The American had a broken left arm, and the other five victims, four men and a 16-year-old woman, all Spaniards, were hospitalized with various injuries, the press service said.

Racers during the bull run at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona on July 7.

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The first San Fermin festival since 2019 kicked off on Wednesday, bringing huge crowds to the streets of the Spanish city.

Thousands of people gathered in front of Pamplona City Hall to mark the opening of a nine-day celebration popular with tourists. The annual festival was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thursday was the first day of the bull run, a tradition dating back centuries and made world famous by Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, also published under the title Fiesta.

Thousands of people turned out for the iconic Pamplona festival, which began on Wednesday.

Thousands of people turned out for the iconic Pamplona festival, which began on Wednesday.

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The controversial event has long drawn criticism from animal rights activists, and dozens of protesters dressed as dinosaurs were seen in Pamplona on Tuesday.

In 2019, at least 39 people were injured at the festival, three of whom were injured.

The bull run continues from 8 am local time until July 14.

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