UPDATE: So now we see it’s really all about the cultural/political/economic clash between Barcelona and Madrid…
From The Guardian:
Spain’s capital and its great rival, Barcelona, are taking opposite sides in a cultural battle over the fate of the corrida
Giles Tremlett, Madrid
In a clear provocation to its great rival Barcelona, Spain’s capital city of Madrid has officially elevated bullfighting to the status of a protected art form, as matadors, philosophers and politicians become embroiled in a furious dispute over the country’s bloody but emblematic sport.
While the parliament of the north-eastern region of Catalonia debates a total ban on bullfighting, Madrid’s local government has declared it a protected piece of the region’s cultural heritage. Esperanza Aguirre, head of the conservative regional government in Madrid, announced that the bullfight was to be included on the list of items of “special cultural value” that were protected by law…
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