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Matadors taken down in Peruvian bullfight

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 01:02

June 17 - A drunken ring assistant unties the rope used to protect participants from the bull in Peruvian bullfight and mayhem ensues. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Chaos broke out in rural Peru on Sunday (June 15) after an annual bullfight got out of control and left at least 10 people injured. The bullfight marks the finale of the yearly Senor Espiritu Santo festival in Ayacucho where locals enter a makeshift ring to show courage in front of a raging bull. People in the crowd jumped in to assist injured amateur bullfighters and drag them to safety. One young boy jumped on top of a car to avoid the bull's path. According to local media, many of the participants appeared to be intoxicated during the festivities and one woman tried to push her inebriated husband out of harm's way. Panic ensued when a drunken ring assistant untied the rope used to protect participants from the bull. When the bull was freed it charged toward the crowd causing spectators to flee. The man responsible for releasing the bull was later grabbed by members in the crowd and publicly lashed as punishment. The Senor Espiritu Santo festival dates back to 17th century when Spaniards tried to incorporate indigenous people in their customs and celebrations.

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Matadors taken down in Peruvian bullfight

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 01:02