It is the scourge of animal rights activists – but one of the most popular events in Spain. The annual San Fermin Festival has got underway in the northern town of Pamplona. A local councillor performed the traditional opening ceremonies, watched by thousands eager for the main event to begin.
That is due to happen on Friday morning when bulls will be let loose to stampede through the streets to the local bull-ring. Dating back to the 16th century, the bull-run was made world famous by an Ernest Hemingway novel. More than a dozen people have been killed in the event since record-keeping began.