Colombia: 6 Dead and Hundreds Injured in Bullfighting Accident

Photo: Reuters [via Al Jazeera]

The Facts

  • At least six people are dead, including one child, and hundreds were injured after a wooden spectator section collapsed at a bullfighting festival in El Espinal, Colombia on Sunday.

  • During the popular event known as "corraleja," video footage shows three levels of the stands collapse, trapping the spectators. Nearby spectators were seen running to remove debris.

The Spin

Establishment-critical narrative

In 2020, Colombia finally put wheels in motion to end the barbaric spectacle of bullfighting. The draft law passed in Bogota to ban the practice will hopefully spread nationwide. This cruel practice endangers both animals and spectators and must come to an end.

Pro-establishment narrative

Bullfighting has a long history in Colombia and is a cultural and artistic institution, especially among elder members of the establishment with conservative viewpoints. Laws should uphold this expression of the nation's rich history.

Establishment split



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