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Toro de la Vega draws tens of thousands of protestors opposing the medieval festival.
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Tens of thousands rallied to the Sol Square in Madrid to protest Sept. 15's Toro de la Vega festival, wherein local men chase down a bull and hurl spears at it until its dead. Why would anyone have a problem with that?

If you can believe it, the festival is said to have begun in 1534. Without Internet, television and probably a largely illiterate population, chasing down a bull would probably seem like some pretty stellar entertainment.

The BBC describes the proceedings even futher:

The Toro de la Vega festival is unique in that after the bull is run through the town, chasing daredevil participants through the streets in a similar fashion to Pamplona's famous San Fermin event, the beast is not fought by professional matadors in a ring.

Instead, all comers battle for the honour of killing the animal out in the open plain, some on horseback, others on foot. The winner of the tournament trophy is the one who lands the mortal wound on the bull, bringing it to its knees before an accredited expert deals a coup de grace to the animal's neck.

Supporters of the nearly 500-year-old tradition say it is the purest of battles between man and bull, pointing to strict rules against wounding the animal from the side or attacking in numbers rather than one by one.



But of course, this festival is seen as an act of barbarism by many in Spain and abroad. It sparked large protests last year with accusations of assault on both sides of the issue — not including those four injured by the chased bull.



And then this year, the protests swelled and erupted on social media as well:







It could be a sign of ever-more divisive political sides, raising ethical consciousness or the outrage over Cecil the Lion has found a new target.

Whatever it is, there won't be a happy ending for that bull this year.

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Over 20,000 people came together in Spain Aug. 26 for the 70th Anniversary of the La Tomatina festival, which is basically just an event where they pelt each other with fruit.

Doesn't it sound fun!?

The festival, which takes place in Buñol, began in 1945 inspired by a food fight between children. Every year 175 tons of tomatoes are hurled at the faces of neighbors and loved ones.

Google even made a regional doodle about it:



And the pictures are just fantastic.

















The Guardian has some great footage of the food fight:



This is definitely going on our bucket list.

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For those still griping over United States athletes wearing Chinese-made uniforms, things could be worse. Spain is in the midst of a banking crisis, and widespread spending cuts hit the Spanish Olympic team in the worst way -- sartorially speaking. The national Olympic committee opted for freebies made by Russian designer Bosco, rather than fork over 1.5 million Euros in public money.

Many Spanish athletes have voiced displeasure over the ostentatious design, but Spanish officials said the uniforms were approved more than a year ago. In the end, you get what you pay for.

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In Sunday's Euro 2012 final, the Italians, already losing by a wide margin, were forced to play a man down after losing their third and final substitution to injury.

After Spain went on to score two more goals to make the score 4-0, goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas pleaded with the referee to end the match early out of "respect for the rival."

His gesture ended the Italians' misery just 30 seconds early, but it still deserves a place among some of the classier moves in sports.

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IRL Smurfs of the Day: The southern Spanish village of Júzcar, painted blue by Sony earlier this year for the world premiere of The Smurfs 3D, was due to have its building repainted white.

But, after its status as the world's first real-life Smurf Village began bringing in tens of thousands of tourists, residents reportedly decided

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