A bull went on the rampage among spectators at an illegal rodeo in Puruándiro, Michoacán, on Sunday after it escaped from its enclosure.
Witnesses reported that at least 10 people were injured by the bull at the “La Salud” bullring, even though such events are officially banned due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Videos of the incident, which were uploaded onto social media, showed the bull jump over the weak fence which was meant to contain it. A number of people were knocked down including a woman who was trapped underneath the animal. Spectators close to the barrier were rammed and others screamed and fled.
Women and children were among the crowd.
Panic spread around the arena while staff tried in vain to contain the animal. In one video an onlooker can be heard shouting that one of the people in danger was a man in a wheelchair.
Municipal authorities have admitted that a license was granted for the event and have stated their commitment to investigate why it was granted. The rodeo involved the sale and consumption of alcohol, dancing and a performance of music typical to the region.
Michoacán went from green to yellow on the coronavirus stoplight map on July 19.