Quito for many years, even centuries has been part of a tradition that has a history behind it. One of the traditions that represent our culture and our city are the bullfights. The bullring “Plaza Monumental de Toros Quito” was built in the year 1960, and the first bullfight was held the 5th of December of 1961. Since then the huge “Feria De Quito Jesus Del Gran Poder” took place during the first days of December. This brought the attention of many citizens and people around the world. It increased the economy and helped many people whose jobs were dependent of this. The problem is that there is always someone that does not agree with it, since it includes the killing of the animal. President Correa in the year 2010 appeared with a new law, abolish the bullfights. Many Protestants walked the streets of Quito against the new law. Finally Correa decided not to completely eliminate it; however he took out a part of the ceremony the killing of the bull.
Still the “antitaurinos” which are the people that oppose this tradition where not satisfied with the results. They also started protesting, they stood outside of the bullring with horrific pictures and posters. Correa which also is against the bullfights mostly heard them and did not care about the other side to it. Rafael Correa again arises with the idea of taking out the ceremony from Quito. This time he did a popular vote, so that the citizens took care of this. Rumors say that the result of the referendum was altered. In the year 2012 the Plaza Monumental closed its doors and that was the end of the bullfights. This caused many emotions in the city of Quito. Finally some citizens were happy, the rest were devastated. Their tradition, that for so long has been part of them was thrown away as if it did not represent anything.
This year, 2015 a new group of people started a new campaign to bring back the bullfights in Quito. They used social media to reach as many people as possible and to spread the word faster. The name of the uprising is #vuelvenlostorosaquito; people post this in their status and post photos of famous bullfights. They have stayed quiet for 3 years but now they are speaking up. They fight for freedom, to keep the tradition. Protest and walks take place to bring back a part of our culture that was taken away three years ago.
By: Paula Del Pozo