BOGOTÁ, Colombia — At least six individuals had been killed and greater than 100 injured Sunday when wood spectator stands at a bullfighting pageant collapsed, sending individuals operating for security.
The collapse occurred in El Espinal, a metropolis of 75,000 about 95 miles southwest of the capital, Bogotá, at a corraleja, a pageant wherein the general public is invited to have interaction the bulls, even driving or taunting them. It is extra casual than the normal Spanish bullfight, and the bull will not be killed ultimately.
Among these killed Sunday was a 1-year outdated youngster, according to local media, which additionally reported that the bull had escaped and was operating free within the streets.
One metropolis councilman referred to as on close by hospitals and ambulance providers for help, with El Espinal’s personal in a short time overwhelmed.
Colombia’s president-elect, Gustavo Petro, expressed his condolences Sunday afternoon, and famous that his nation had skilled related disasters earlier than. In 1980, spectator stands collapsed within the northern metropolis of Sincelejo, killing tons of. Overcrowding and poor building had been later blamed.
“This has happened before, in Sincelejo,” Mr. Petro said on Twitter. “I ask the mayor’s office not to authorize any more spectacles with the death of people or animals.”
The apply has confronted many authorized challenges all through the years and has been intermittently banned in components of the nation over considerations about cruelty to animals and hazard to spectators.
In 1989, stands collapsed in Honda, a city outdoors Bogotá, killing eight and injuring 200. In 2006, a similar incident injured dozens in a city not removed from El Espinal. And in 2013, a bull attacked spectators within the northern city of Arjona, killing two males.
Mr. Petro banned the practice in Bogotá when he served as mayor in 2012, however the situation has since been left in authorized limbo by the nation’s constitutional court docket.
Colombia’s departing president, Iván Duque, pledged assist.
“We will ask for an investigation of the facts, speedy recovery to the injured and solidarity with the families of the victims,” he mentioned.