Protests have swept through the cities of Spain as five men accused of gang rape of a teenager during the 2016 Pamplona bulls festival were found guilty of the lesser offense of sexual abuse.
People, holding placards, shouted slogans "This justice is bullsh*t," "It's not abuse, it's rape!" gathering outside the justice ministry in Madrid, the Plaça Sant Jaume in Barcelona and in a number of other cities.
#InPictures | Protests have erupted in Spain after a judge reduced the sentence of five men convicted of raping a teenage girl during 2016's Running of the Bulls festival. #SexualAbuse pic.twitter.com/hHZ6ZWhgGQ— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) 27 апреля 2018 г.
The verdict on the case was delivered at a court in Pamplona, the capital of the Navarre region in northern Spain. The five defendants were sentenced to nine years in prison and ordered to pay €10,000 each to the young woman, who was 18 years old at the time of the attack.
Madrid now! Feminist groups protest across Spain after five men accused of the gang rape of a teenager during the running of the bulls festival in Pamplona were found guilty of the lesser offence of sexual abuse. #LaManadaSomosNosotras pic.twitter.com/tLGG19BSnl— Revolución Real Ya (@RRYrevolucion) 26 апреля 2018 г.
The judges characterized the attack as "continuous sexual abuse," but not rape. According to Spanish law, the lesser offense of sexual abuse does not involve violence or intimidation, which differs it from rape.