An Easter parade descended into mass panic after troublemakers started a stampede.

 

The traditional religious procession was marching through the streets of Seville in southern Spanish region of Andalusia, when it was targeted by yobs.

 

Vandals sparking hysteria in the crowd which included babies, young children and pensioners.

 

Police have arrested eight people and charged them with public disorder following the disruption.

 

One witness, Maria de Mora, said: "People were running and shouting without knowing what was happening.

 

"I have seen a man falling to the ground, there were babies, kids, the elderly. It was a moment of hysteria."

 

There were several stampedes during the La Madruga, or early hours, procession which is one of the most important parts of the city’s Easter festival.

 

Some streets had to be closed because of the panic which broke out at 4am and was caught on camera by frightened tourists.

 

Preliminary investigations have found that these were isolated incidents that were linked to vandalism.

 

Authorities eventually managed to restore calm to the area and the processions continued.

 

A spokesman for the city council said that three of the eight people they had arrested were "common criminals" who already had been in trouble with the police before.

 

He added: "The first line of the investigation is that there are three stampedes caused a domino effect with panic in other parts of the city."

 

Spectators recorded video footage of the stampedes and later posted it on the internet.

 

One of video shows people gathered around religious statues in a complete silence that is broken when people started shouting and running in panic.

 

Another video shows the moment a crowd of people began to run across a bridge in terror.

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Author: Ana LaCasa Martinez

Ana Lacasa Martinez has been a freelance reporter and correspondent covering Spain and South America for eight years, and has worked for many UK nationals including the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and the Sun. She is completely fluent in both Spanish and English, and is also an experienced news photographer.
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