- Title: Police clash with anti-bullfighting protesters
- Date: 7th November 2016
- Summary: LIMA, PERU (NOVEMBER 6, 2016) (REUTERS) POLICE FIRING RUBBER BULLETS AT GROUND TO DISPERSE ANTI-BULLFIGHTING PROTESTERS AND DETAINING A PROTESTER RIOT POLICE AND POLICE ON HORSEBACK CORRALLING PROTESTERS POLICE THROWING TEAR GAS AT PROTESTERS POLICE FIRING RUBBER BULLETS AND TEAR GAS AGAINST PROTESTERS WHO RUN THROUGH STREETS NEAR PLAZA DE ACHO (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MARLENE GUTIERREZ, ANTI-BULLFIGHTING PROTESTER, SAYING: "We are saying 'no' to bull culture because we are sick and tired of it. This is not culture. This is death of innocent animals." PROTESTERS DISPERSING BECAUSE OF TEAR GAS THROWN BY POLICE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MATEO GUEVARA, PROTESTER, SAYING: "We want them to let us protest here calmly, in peace. They are attacking us! Look! They are using horses to force us to leave!" POLICE USING HORSES AND SHIELDS TO FORCE PROTESTERS OUT POLICE DETAINING PROTESTER DRESSED AS A BULL PROTESTERS DRESSED AS BULLS CHANTING PROTESTERS CHANTING AND HOLDING POSTERS AGAINST BULLFIGHTING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SANDRA CARDENAS, ASTROLOGIST, SAYING: "In European advanced countries this has been eradicated. It's an embarrassment for Peruvians to copy these Spanish things that are not ours. We want to raise the consciences of young people. We don't want this anymore. Torturing animals is repulsive and morbid." ANTI-BULLFIGHTING ACTIVISTS PROTESTING OUTSIDE PLAZA DE ACHO WITH POSTERS
- Embargoed: 22nd November 2016 04:04
- Keywords: bullfighting protest clashes Plaza de Acho
- Location: LIMA, PERU
- City: LIMA, PERU
- Country: Peru
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00157G116V
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- Story Text: Police in the Peruvian capital city of Lima clashed with hundreds of activists protesting bullfighting during the country's traditional annual bullfighting fair as part of the Lord of Miracles celebration.
At least four people were injured as activists protested near Lima's Plaza de Acho bullring, where dozens of bulls brought over from Spain are thrown in the ring for the entertainment of spectators.
Riot police and police mounted on horseback threw tear gas and fired rubber bullets in the direction of the activists who marched from Plaza San Martin toward Plaza de Acho.
As the animal activists dispersed, the protesters, some dressed as bulls, argued that bullfighting amounted to legalised, cultural torture.
"We are saying 'no' to bull culture because we are sick and tired of it. This is not culture. This is death of innocent animals," said Marlene Gutierrez.
There are over 500 bullfights a year in Peru, more than any other Latin American country and, at 250 years, the Plaza de Acho is the oldest bullring in Latin America.
Bullfighting started in Peru with the arrival of the first Spaniards and the 'corrida de toros' was made an official spectacle in Lima in 1558.
Animal rights activists have held protests and demonstrations for years to push for the outlaw of the sport in Peru.
In January, the country passed strict animal protection laws that carry penalties of up to three years for people found guilty of cruelty to animals. Defendants found guilty of mistreatment that causes the death of an animal face prison sentences of three to five years.
However, the law specifically excluded 'cultural' animal acts, including bullfighting and cockfighting.
The debate echoes that in Spain, where the country's constitutional court overturned Catalonia's 2010 ban on bullfighting, saying the "preservation of common cultural heritage" was the exclusive right of the state, not the regional autonomies.
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