In Spain, riot-torn Pamplona was struggling back to normal on Tuesday (July 11), as local authorities tried to salvage the town's historic Running of the Bulls festival.
In Spain, riot-torn Pamplona was struggling back to normal on Tuesday (July 11), as local authorities tried to salvage the town's historic Running of the Bulls festival. Restaurants, shops and banks reopened for the first time since Saturday (July 8) night, when one man was killed and about 150 people were injured in battles between police and Basque nationalists.
An estimated 150,000 tourists left Pamplona within hours of the riot, which first broke out in the town's bullring as a small first fight between spectators and Basque nationalists. There were also clashes in Bilbao and San Sebastian where demonstrators blocked roads. It is believed to be the first time this century, apart from the 1936-39 war, that the festival, made famous by American writer Ernest Hemingway, has been cancelled.
In Madrid, Interior Minister Rudolfo Martin Villa said an investigation was being carried out. Many political parties, have condemned the Riot Police for much of the violence. The Civil Governor of Navarre province, of which Pamplona is the capital, said police intervention in the bullring fighting was unnecessary and unfortunate.
More fighting broke out on Monday (July 10) after the funeral of the young leftist shot dead on Saturday (July 8). Twenty seven year old German Rodriguez was a member of the International Communist League.
An extreme right-wing organization the anti-communist Apostolic Alliance, has claimed responsibility for his death. They said Rodriguez was killed because he was a Trotskyite and in reprisal for the latest acts of a Basque separatist guerrilla group. The Communists have claimed he was shot by the police.