Eight Detained After Stampede Causes Injuries at Easter Festival in Seville

Eight people were detained in Seville, Spain, on Friday, April 14, after officials said they deliberately caused panic during crowded Good Friday processions in the early hours of the morning, sparking stampedes that led to multiple injuries.

Authorities in the city said the people were detained during four different police operations, and referred to the incidents as “isolated acts of hooliganism and vandalism.” At least 17 people were hospitalized after the stampedes, including one person with a serious brain injury, according to local reports.

According to La Vanguardia, officials said some of those detained were carrying metal bars and shouted slogans related to ETA, the militant Basque separatist group. Credit: Diario de Sevilla via Storyful