August 28, 2013 – 05:50 PM

Picture This: In the Red

AFP

The Spanish town of Bunol played host to a gigantic food fight on Wednesday, when thousands of visitors crammed onto its streets to join the annual tomato-throwing festivities. The festival ranks as one of the country's most popular, and has spawned a raft of similarly squishy events in the United States, China and Colombia. This year, for the first time since its launch six decades ago, the town is charging a €10 ($13) entry fee for the one-hour bash. The move has been interpreted in the Spanish media as a potent symbol of the country's economic crisis -- Spain's daily El Pais newspaper drew a parrallel between the bursting of ripe tomatoes and that of the country's debt and real estate bubbles.

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