Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Is Olé Child's Play?

There's certainly something disturbing at seeing adults playing at killing, even if some people call it art. And it's more disturbing seeing children at it, as they were doing this morning in the Plaza Santamaria.

In any case, none of the young people practicing bullfighting in the mornings in Bogotá's Plaza de Toros Santamaria must know that the fiesta brava may not have a long-term future.

Bogotá Mayor Gustavo Petro declared an end to bullfighting in the city-owned plaza, which is the only place within the city limits for bullfighting. A court recently ruled that city governments can not ban bullfighting. The fight over bullfighting is sure to continue. The hopeful bullfighters told me they don't expect Bogotá's usual January-February season to take place in 2013. 

By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

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