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Last week (8th October) saw a horrific attack on anti-bullfighting protestors in a bullring in Rodilhan, France. The group of ninety-five activists were attempting to stage a peaceful sit-in when they were attacked by a mob of pro-bullfighting thugs.
During the violent onslaught the protestors were beaten, hit, kicked and sprayed with water. Despite the appalling violence shown towards them, to their absolute credit they remained peaceful throughout the attack.
The video above shows the horrific incident in full. Pro-corrida thugs can clearly be seen punching, kicking and dragging the peaceful protestors, with women being treated just as ruthlessly as the men. One woman even had her clothes pulled of by one of the attackers.
Three of the protestors were seriously injured in the attack, with many others suffering physical and psychological trauma. A camerman from France 3 television was also punched in the face. Several of the protestors are now considering taking legal action.
There are a number of lessons to be learned from this incident. Firstly, it serves as a reminder of the callous disregard pro-corrida men and women have for all living creatures. Their bloodlust clearly doesn’t stop at enjoying the suffering of bulls.
But wider issues must also be addressed. The response from the police was extremely poor, with police officers failing to intervene quickly to stop the carnage. The anti-bullfighting movement must also consider to what extent it can compromise the safety of its supporters.
Ultimately though, this incident is testament to the tremendous resolve of anti-bullfighting campaigners. Despite their horrific ordeal in Rodilhan, the people involved are already planning their next action.
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