Revelers drink wine during the opening of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain. REUTERS/Vincent West
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The topics of sexual abuse and animal cruelty are dominating this year's San Fermin festival in Pamplona, which kicks off Friday for nine days and eight nights of round-the-clock alcohol-soaked partying, traditional celebrations and dangerous bull runs. It's not a full-blown identity crisis yet, but the festival in northern Spain popularized by American novelist Ernest Hemingway and seen by critics as a macho proving ground with a violent streak is slowly adapting to the social awareness brought by a new generation.Sexual assaults reported during the festival went from two in 2008 – the year a local woman was murdered after she refused to have sex with her killer – to 20 in 2016, when five men cornered an 18-year old, filmed themselves sexually attacking her and left after stealing her phone.Asiron, a 56-year-old historian whose term ends next spring, has also raised eyebrows ahead of this year's festival by questioning the future of bullfights, a tradition at the core of the festival.The annual pro-animal rights protest on the eve of the festival used to go largely snubbed in Pamplona, but activists said more locals, especially younger people, have joined their campaigns in recent years as partial bans on bullfighting spread over dozens of Spanish towns.The festival is also taking a strong position against sexual abuse.
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