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article imageAFP press photographer gored covering 'Toro de la Vega' event

By Anne Sewell     Sep 17, 2013 in World
Tordesillas - An AFP press photographer, covering the "Toro de la Vega" festival in Tordesillas, Spain was gored by a huge bull and has been taken to hospital for surgery. Eleven other people were lightly injured in the event.
Digital Journal reported on the protests against the "Toro de la Vega" medieval festival, which is held every year in Tordesillas following the "Virgen de la Peña" Patron Saint's Day.
The Partido Animalista (PACMA) and other animal rights activists have been trying to stop the brutal event for some time.
In the event, horsemen wielding spears drive the bull across the bridge from the town to a meadow (or "vega"). Once the bull reaches the meadow, many competing lancers chase the poor animal on foot.
The person who finally delivers the fatal blow is entitled to cut off the bull's testicles and parade them through the town impaled on the tip of his spear. The City then awards him a gold medal and a commemorative forged iron spear.
On Monday it was reported that 20 bulls, intended to participate in the event, had escaped from their corrals, but had been rounded up safely.
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Despite the massive protest in Madrid and the 85,000 signatures opposing the Toro de la Vega that were handed to Parliament today, the event went ahead as normal.
Young men, wearing jeans or shorts with t-shirts chased a 580 kilogram (1,280 pound) massive bull, named Vulcano, through the streets of Tordesillas on Tuesday, some on horseback and with many carrying lances.
While Pedro Armestre, 41, a freelance press photographer who works regularly for the news agency AFP was covering the event and was gored by the bull in his right thigh.
This is a photo that was reportedly taken by Armestre, probably shortly before the attack.
Armestre was conscious after the goring and spoke to AFP's Madrid office as he was taken to a hospital in Valladolid for surgery.
According to a Red Cross official, Armestre's condition was serious, but not life-threatening. The official described the wound as "long but not too deep, that is to say, it is not an excessively serious goring."
In total 12 people were injured during the event, according to a Red Cross spokesman, with most suffering cuts and bruises and two people with broken bones. Armestre was the only one to receive a serious injury.
The  Toro de la Vega  was held in Tordesillas on September 17  2013.
The "Toro de la Vega" was held in Tordesillas on September 17, 2013.
Speaking of the demonstration in Madrid, the mayor of Tordesillas, Jose Antonio Gonzalez Poncela played down the protests. He said that there were similar protests at bullrings around Spain "so it is nothing more than that".
He told RTVE public radio, "There are always people in favor and people against in all aspects of life, not just for bullfighting,"
The  Toro de la Vega  was held in Tordesillas on September 17  2013.
The "Toro de la Vega" was held in Tordesillas on September 17, 2013.
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