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MADRID---The word's largest animal rights group,
PETA, yesterday hailed the "bravery" of a Spanish
woman who jumped into a bullring to comfort a
bull just before it was slaughtered.
Virginia Ruiz, a 38-year-old animal rights activist,
jumped into the "La Malagueta" ring in the southern
city of Malaga on Friday in front of thousands of
onlookers and crouched over an injured bull as it lay
on the ground.
She was eventually pulled away as spectators waved
white kerchiefs and jeered in protest at her action, a
video released by a local anti-bullfighting group showed.
"Virginia showed a great deal of bravery and kindness
when she jumped into the ring," the director of PETA
UK, Mimi Bekhechi, said in statement released in
Spain. "Hopefully her compassionate act is giving cit-
izens a new look at the archaic, shameful spectacle
that is bullfighting," she added in a statement which
called on the Spanish government to end bullfighting.
Ruiz told private television station Telecinco that her
intention had originally been to film the cruelty in
the arena but she could not resist jumping in the ring
after hearing the bull moan.
"I wanted to give him love before he left this world,"
she said. She faces a fine of 6,000 euros (6,600 dollars)
for trespassing. During Spain's 1939-75 right-wing
dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, bullfighting
was promoted as a unifying national spectacle.
But its mass appeal has faded with polls showing
a rising disinterest in bullfighting throughout Spain,
especially among the young, although it retains a pas-
sionate following and leading matadors are treated as
celebrities. Bullfighting has been banned in Spain's
northeastern region of Catalonia, which has a distinctive
language and culture, since 2012. Prior to Catalonia,
bullfighting was outlawed in 1991 in Spain's Canary
Islands, but the fights were never popular there.
Seen as an art form rather than a sport by fans,
bullfighting is also popular in southern France and
some Latin American countries. (AFP)
JERUSALEM---Israel's Supreme Court suspended
the detention order of a hunger-striking Palestinian
prisoner yesterday, releasing him while he receives
The decision did little to resolve a debate over Israel's
controversial practice of holding suspects without
charge, or a new law permitting force feeding of hunger
strikers. The case of Mohammed Allan, who has been
on a hunger strike for 65 days, had appeared set to
be the first test of the law before he fell unconscious
After a long day of deliberations, the Supreme Court
announced late yesterday that Allan, who doctors said
has suffered brain damage, would remain hospitalised,
but that his shackles would be removed and his family
can visit him. It also said his "administrative detention"
is suspended. But the decision did not address what
would happen to Allan if he recovers, saying only he
can petition for his release if his condition improves.
Allan went on a hunger strike to protest the policy
of administrative detention, which allows authorities
to hold suspects for months without charge. Israel
defends the practice as a necessary tool to stop militant
attacks and arguing that revealing the charges would
lay bare intelligence networks and put people's lives
in danger. But rights groups say the measure violates
due process and is overused.
The high-profile case took a dramatic turn earlier
yesterday after the court ordered he undergo medical
tests to determine the level of brain damage and said
he would be freed if it was irreversible.
Doctors said results of the MRI were inconclusive.
Dr. Hezy Levy of Barzilai hospital in southern Israel,
where Allan is being treated, said the detainee was
"incoherent" and "not connecting with his surround-
Animal charity hails
Spanish woman who
jumped into bullring
Israel suspends detention of
Palestinian hunger striker
People from a
nomad tribe play
snooker in their
earn their living
to sell. AP PHOTO
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