Thursday 24 August 2017

Thousands protest over bullfighting cuts

Thousands of people have marched to defend their culture
Thousands of people have marched to defend their culture

Thousands of bullfighting fans have gathered in the eastern Spanish city of Valencia to protest over subsidy cuts they say threaten the age-old spectacle.

Valencia's government said more than 10,000 participants marched to the city's bullring to take part in demonstrations in defence of their "culture".

Regional politicians, ranchers and renowned bullfighters such as Julian "El Juli" Lopez Escobar, Jose Antonio "Morante de la Puebla" and Jose Ortega Cano attended.

Matador Enrique Ponce addressed the crowd, saying "we cannot allow our traditions to be branded evil and cruel" because of "spurious economic interests".

A new generation of government officials in Spain is questioning whether it might be better to invest in education rather than bullfights, while European Union politicians recently declared their opposition to using farm subsidies to raise cattle for bullfighting.

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