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Huge protests as Spain jails 'wolf pack' gang for sex abuse, but acquits men of rape


Men recorded videos of attack on mobile phones and laughed about it afterwards on WhatsApp


People lift their arms as they shout slogans during a protest outside the Justice Ministry in Madrid AP Photo/Francisco Seco

Protests have erupted across Spain after a court cleared five men of gang raping a teenager at the 2016 running of the bulls festival in Pamplona.

Instead, the court in the northern region of Navarra sentenced the men, who had recorded videos of the attack on their mobile phones and laughed about it afterwards on a WhatsApp group, with the lesser crime of sexual abuse.

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of cities across the country, from Seville to Barcelona, and outside the Justice Ministry in Madrid on Thursday, bearing signs reading “I believe you sister” and chanting: ”It’s not abuse, it’s rape!”

In Madrid, men and women marched along central streets chanting “Shame! Shame!” and “’No’ means ‘No’”. In Barcelona, thousands packed into the central square banging pots and pans and jangling their keys in the air.

Complete story at https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/spain-protests-wolf-pack-gang-sex-abuse-jailed-rape-acquitted-pamplona-san-fermin-a8324821.html


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