Panic stampede during 'El Cautivo' procession as people fear the worst

Shock near Calle Carretería after the false alarm.
Shock near Calle Carretería after the false alarm. / Eduardo Nieto
  • A late-night argument between spectators in Malaga caused alarm over a possible terrorist attack and stopped the popular event for 20 minutes

A small, late-night row between spectators over some seats along the route of the ‘Jesús El Cautivo’ procession at 2.10am on Tuesday morning rapidly grew into a stampede, as rumour spread that there had been some form of terrorist attack.

Malaga’s Holy Week is taking place amid heightened security this year following recent lorry attacks in public places across Europe.

The hugely-popular procession was halted as penitents and onlookers scattered into neighbouring streets. A police helicopter hovering overhead by coincidence contributed to the unease.

Fortunately only two people were slightly injured and the musical bands started again after twenty minutes, to the relief of everyone taking part.

The organising brotherhood has called for the timing of the city’s processions on the Monday night of Holy Week to be changed in the future so the iconic ‘El Cautivo’ doesn’t have to parade so late, amid long-standing concerns over crowd control.