The Town Hall Square of Pamplona like a red-white billowing sea these days. Most revelers come in traditional clothing, consisting of white shirts, white shorts and a looped around his neck red cloth. A rocket by 12 clock at noon gave the starting signal for the wildest festival in Spain on Monday: Tens of thousands of people cheered outside the town hall the shot into the sky with the battle cry: ". Long live San Fermin" The cheer is considered the patron saint, in whose honor this eight-day Carnival is celebrated. Highlight are the bull runs, where every morning six fighting bulls are let loose in the old streets since Tuesday again. Dozens of injured people, several were even impaled by the bulls, fortunately so far no deaths: The daily list of victims in the running of the bulls will be in Spanish television operated almost like sportsmanship as keeping the score in a football match. And depending on how little or how much blood flows, it was a "clean", a "moving" or even a "dangerous" race.
Bull run in Pamplona
The bullfight of Pamplona attracts also this year several thousand bull runners and onlookers in the narrow winding streets of the old town pamplonischen. Images that are reminiscent of the European Football Championship. Again thousands celebrate bullfighting fans the beginning of this year Tierhatz. However, compared to previous years, decreases the public interest. For many participants as this uninhibited bull Renner is what the bull run for fun, thrills and bravery. At a total of eight "hard days" every morning are premised six white brown oxen at 8 clock, which shall guide the brown fighting bulls through the old town of Pamplona in the Arena.
Who's afraid from black bull?
Mozas dancing. Despite participation of some women of bullfighting is still dominated by men. Tourists climb into the arena. Often intoxicated and impaired responsiveness they are made up of a significant risk. Escape an amateur bullfighters from the horns of a bull. "The greatest danger is not the bull, but the many people on the street," says one of the runners for the Running of the Bulls rashly went to a dislocated shoulder to end.
A bull and white-clad "Mozos" (bull runners) in the winding streets of Pamplona. From the balconies follow onlookers the spectacle. So-called "Pastores", literally means "shepherd" shall ensure the public safety. With wooden sticks to beat a perverse cops on the rump to draw his attention away from the audience and to steer it in the intended direction back. Contrary to popular belief, bulls do not react to the color red (or pink) the so gennanten "muleta", the cloth of the bullfighter, but their rapid fronds. Bulls are colorblind.
In Catalonia bullfighting was banned last year. In Pamplona the bloody finale is still permitted.
The very first bull run in the northern Spanish city on Tuesday morning has been classified by the TV commentators as "dangerous" race: For three runners, two Americans and one Englishman, were pierced by horns - but they survived. Eight other ended up with head trauma or fractures in the hospital. A total of 83 people were injured, most suffered contusions and bruises because they were crushed by the bulls or the people mitrennenden Horde. Last year, nearly 400 people had been injured, the last of fatalities occurred in 2009 when a bull pierced a young Spaniard with a horn throat. Although there are strict rules for the running of the bulls, it always comes back to horror scenes - mainly because far too many people with the bulls running in competition and provoke by pushing, tripping and carelessness accidents.
Thousands of people risk their lives
Nearly 3000 "Mozos" as the runners mean risk in each of the eight races in which you want to run as close as possible in front of the cops, their lives. In more and more places Spanish bullfights and bull runs are prohibited. For example, in the tourist towns Palma on the island of Mallorca and in Gandia on the Costa Blanca. In Catalonia and the Canary Islands may some time be no more fights. "Torturing bulls pleasure, belongs to the Middle Ages, but not into the 21st century", emblazoned on protest posters, which build up animal lovers often before Spain's battlefields. Demonstrations against this "torture feasts", as they are called by animal rights activists, have become commonplace. The centuries-old Bullenhatz through Pamplona is accompanied by protests. The day before the opening of animal rights activists protesting against the "mistreatment and murder" of the bulls. "We are not against the party, but against the cruelty, the torture, against the death of innocent animals," says Aída Gascón, spokeswoman for the animal welfare organization Anima Naturalis.
The bulls are driven over a distance of 850 meters up to the arena, where they are killed in the evening of toreros. After we draw before the running of the bulls in Pamplona, hundreds of thousands of visitors, including many foreign tourists from English-speaking countries. The American writer and Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway immortalized this bull festival in his 1926 published novel "Fiesta", and made it thus popular in English-speaking. The festival originated from the centuries-old tradition of cattle output drive, in which the cattle were brought from the pastures around the village and in the stables. In Pamplona, with its 200,000 inhabitants, the festival makes the cash registers ringing. Every visitor is about 100 Euro from the day. Many residents whose homes are on the streets, by the race of the bulls, rent window and balcony seats for up to 80 euros. By; Ralph Schulze