ANIMAL RIGHTS rights activists protested outside the bullring in Palma de Mallorca at the weekend as bullfighting returned to the island for the first time since it was outlawed in 2017.
There was further controversy as the arena played a banned song from the era of dictator General Franco.
Part of a law adopted by the Balearic Islands regional parliament had banned the killing of bulls during fights, but Spain’s constitutional court ruled against that ban, arguing that it was an essential part of the sport.
Around 400 protestors chanted: “It’s not art, it’s torture” and “No to bullfighting”, while inside the ring 12,000 people waited to watch some of Spain’s top bullfighters in action.
Bullfight supporters chanted: “Freedom” while the arena’s loudspeaker system drowned out the protesters, first with the song Viva España, and then a rendition of the banned fascist anthem, Cara al Sol(Facing the Sun).
The regional government is to investigate the rendition of the prohibited anthem.