Police report seven arrests at Palmares

There were but seven arrests Thursday at the Fiesta de Palmares, the Fuerza Pública reported. Two of those were pickpockets, said the agency.

Meanwhile, the Cruz Roja said that its workers had treated 17 men and 24 women for various medical conditions and injuries. Three were hospitalized, the aid agency said.

Among those treated and transported was a rider who backed his mount into a drainage pit. He suffered minor injuries, but the 10-year-old horse had to be put down.

The big event of the day was the tope horse parade, and the large crowd attracted crooks. Police said that some of the crooks used razors to slice open backpacks to steal items such as cell telephones.

There were some 3,500 riders participating in the tope.

The fiesta became controversial at the legislature Thursday.  Nidia Jiménez Vásquez, a lawmaker with the Partido Acción Ciudadana claimed that only municipalities are allowed to put on fiestas. The Palmares event is organized by the Asociación Cívica Palmareña. She called that a private entity.

The lawmaker cited various sections of the legal codes as she spoke to her fellow legislators.  The criticism may have been linked to the upcoming municipal elections.

Fuerza Pública officers said that crooks at Palmares used these razor blades to slice open backpacks to steal items while the owners remained unaware.

Fuerza Pública officers said that crooks at Palmares used these razor blades to slice open backpacks to steal items while the owners remained unaware.

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