31 Aug '11, 10am

Squashed tomato battle paints Spanish town red

Squashed tomato battle paints Spanish town red

Tens of thousands of revellers splattered each other with 120 tonnes of squashed tomatoes on Wednesday in a gigantic annual food fight known in Spain as the Tomatina. -- PHOTO: AP BUNOL, Spain (AFP) - Tens of thousands of revellers splattered each other with 120 tonnes of squashed tomatoes on Wednesday in a gigantic annual food fight known in Spain as the Tomatina. The streets ran red with slippery juice as nearly 40,000 people, many stripped to the waist and drunk with sangria, pelted each other in the Plaza Mayor square and nearby streets of Bunol, eastern Spain. Five trucks unloaded the ammunition on participants from around the world, including tourists from the United States, Japan and India, before the battle commenced. As the one-hour melee began, the town of 10,000 inhabitants looked like a war zone awash in tomato sauce.

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