Over 1000 activists and enlightened citizens participated in what is
being hailed as the biggest animal rights demonstration in Spain
Monday, 9th October to protest the cruel tradition of bullfighting.
This year marks the sixth such demonstration in Zaragoza, capital of
the autonomous region of Aragon. The demo is always scheduled to
coincide with the Fiestas del Pilar, which are days of celebrations in
honour of the patron saint of the region, Virgen del Pilar, and take
place during the second week of October. Typically, the festivities
include such entertainment as dancing, music, Spanish theatre, and,
unfortunately, bullfights. Every year, however, "participation [in the
demonstrations] grows and the people who join are more diverse,"
stated Alberto Plaza, spokesperson for Amnistía Animal (Animal
Animal rights activists and concerned citizens gathered outside the
plaza del Portillo, the town's bullring, and shouted slogans such as,
"If you want to see blood, slit your own veins!", "Murderers!",
"Sadists!", and "Islero lives on, Paquirri is dead!". Islero was the
name of the Miura bull that gored and killed the famous bullfighter
Manolete. Paquirri was another famous bullfighter who was gored to
death by a bull.
As the bullfight fans left the ring, tension between the two groups
mounted, but no incidents of violence were reported, though witnesses
state that some of the pro-bullfighters tried to taunt the
anti-bullfight crowd by hurling small objects at them.