Castilla-La Mancha town to swap bullfight for schoolbooks

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THE small town of Villafranca de los Caballeros in the heart of the traditional countryside in Castilla-La Mancha, is set to abandon public spending on their fiesta bullfight and instead use the cash for schoolbooks.
The town has a new socialist mayor, Julian Bolaños, and although he disapproves of bullfighting personally, he has stressed that the decision is about use of resources.
“There is a lot of unemployment in this town and many people simply don’t have money to buy school supplies for their children,” he said. “We’re not against bullfights. But it’s money that we can use in other ways.”
According to a local news site, Diariocritico, more than 600 of the town’s 5,500 residents are unemployed, and the town could save an estimated €18,000 if the council does not subsidise the bullfight, which usually takes place in September.
Local politicians will vote on the proposal on Thursday (July 30), but the motion is expected to pass.
Bolaños added that the bullfight would not be banned, and should private companies wish to come forward to sponsor it, that would be welcomed.

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