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Six killed, 500 injured as stadium collapses at bullfighting fest in Colombia

All of a sudden a three-story section of the stadium stands seating 800 spectators at the bullfighting festival collapsed. Sunday being a holiday, the stands were packed. Hundreds of people have died in similar incidents in the past. Call for ban on the sport has not met with any success.

BOGOTA, June 27: Six people were killed and five hundred were injured when a spectator stand collapsed at a bullfighting festival in El Espinal city, 145 km south-west of Capital Bogota, Colombia, on Sunday. People ran helter-skelter, resulting in injuries to many who lay on the ground and were trampled upon by the scrambling multitude.

All of a sudden the whole stadium collapsed on one side while a fight was going on. Among those six killed was a one-year-old child. The injured were rushed to nearby hospitals. A three-story section of the stands with 800 spectators, including families, had collapsed. On a holiday, Sunday, the stands were packed.

At the festival called corraleja, where hundreds of inebriated matadors are invited to taunt and take on massive bulls on the arena. Blood will spurt from gashes all over but neither the bull nor you will die. This is an amateur version of the traditional Spanish-style bullfighting practiced in Spain, Portugal, Southern France, Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela and Peru also.

President-elect Gustavo Petro urged local officials to ban such events as it has led to several incidents in the past. In 1980, spectator stands collapsed in the northern city of Sincelejo, killing hundreds. In 1989, stands collapsed in Honda, a town outside Bogotá, killing eight and injuring 200. In 2006, a similar incident injured dozens in a town not far from El Espinal. And in 2013, a bull attacked spectators in the northern town of Arjona, killing two men.

Current President Ivan Duque announced on Twitter he ordered an investigation of the disaster.

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