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PHOTOS: Bulls hit the streets in Spain, everyone's on the run

Last updated on: July 09, 2013 14:52 IST

PHOTOS: Bulls hit the streets in Spain, everyone's on the run

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Thousands of daredevils put their bravery to test as they poured into medieval lanes of northern Spain’s Pampolna city, dodging raging bulls. Rediff.com brings you the latest action from the annual San Fermin bull fighting festival.

Revellers celebrate at the start of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona. The beginning of the festival, known as the Chupinazo.

The annual San Fermin festival, famous for the running of the bulls event, started on Saturday and runs until July 14.

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Spanish bullfighter Lopez Simon performs a pass to a bull at the Pamplona bullring during the San Fermin festival in Pamplona.

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Revellers of the 'Pena Voladora' parade along Estafeta Street during the first day of the San Fermin running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

Pamplona's famous Fiesta de San Fermin, which involves the running of the bulls through the historic heart of Pamplona for eight days, which started July. It was made famous by the 1926 novel of American writer Ernest Hemmingway called The Sun Also Rises.

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Photographs: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

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A fighting cow leaps over revellers upon entering the bullring following the first running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona.

Several runners suffered light injuries in a run that lasted four minutes and six seconds, according to local media.

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Photographs: Joseba Etxaburu/Reuters

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Runners lead an Alcurrucen fighting bull into the bull ring during the first running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona.


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Photographs: Joseba Etxaburu/Reuters

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Runners sprint alongside Alcurrucen fighting bulls at the Estafeta corner during the first running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona.

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Photographs: Eloy Alonso/Reuters

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Spanish rejoneador (bullfighter on horseback) Pablo Hermoso de Mendoza fights a bull at the Plaza de Toros on the first day of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona.

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Photographs: Joseba Etxaburu/Reuters

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An Alcurrucen fighting bull gets turned around at the entrance to the bull ring during the first running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona.

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Photographs: Susana Vera/Reuters

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A reveller is fed alcohol through a tube at the start of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona.

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Photographs: Joseba Etxaburu/Reuters

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A reveller jumps from a fountain at the Plaza de Navarreria as he is sprayed with water during the start of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona.

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Photographs: Susana Vera/Reuters

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Revellers celebrate the start of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona.

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Photographs: Vincent West/Reuters

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Steers make their way through a crowd of runners at the entrance to the bull ring during the first running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona.

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Photographs: Susana Vera/Reuters

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Revellers sleep on the street before the first running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona.

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Photographs: Susana Vera/Reuters

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A child cries next to a ‘Kiliki’ at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona.

‘Kilikis’, wearing outsized masks and playfully hitting bystanders with sponges on sticks, parade daily through the city accompanied by brass bands during the nine-day-long festival made popular by Hemingway.

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Photographs: Eloy Alonso/Reuters

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A policeman stands guard as animal rights protesters stand inside cardboard coffins during a demonstration calling for the abolition of bull runs and bullfights, before the start of the famous running of the bulls San Fermin festival, in Pamplona.

Some 48 animal rights activists, representing the number of tortured or killed bulls in the San Fermin festival, protested outside Pamplona's Town Hall, according to the activists' spokesperson.


Photographs: Susana Vera/Reuters

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