AS with a large number of cities across Spain, hundreds of people filled the streets in Torrevieja, Orihuela, Rojales and Pilar de la Horadada to demand stiffer sentences for the group known as “La Manada’ (The wolf pack).
The five men were accused of gang-raping an 18-year-old girl during the famous bull-running fiestas in Pamplona in 2016 and were convicted to nine years in prison but for the crime of sexual abuse and not rape.
Protestors gathered outside the municipalities town halls brandishing signs in Spanish saying, among others, “it was not abuse; it was rape” and “Sister I believe you.”
According to the Navarra Provincial Court, the men were guilty of continuous sexual abuse with domination but not rape, as it believed the attack hadn’t been of a violent nature.
In an attempt to prove their innocence and to contradict the girl͛s evidence that she was traumatised by what had happened to her, the five accused had even hired a private detective to follow the victim and photograph her socialising, some of which was filmed.
In Orihuela, around 30 people gathered outside the courthouse and the feelings of many were expressed by Gloria Monera of Mujeres X.
“We feel angry because we were hoping they would get longer sentences. It seems that as women we take one step forward and two steps back,” she said.
People also showed their “indignation, repulsion and disgust” at two separate protests in Rojales that were headed by Mayor Antonio Perez, Deputy Mayoress Immaculada Chazarra and other councillors.
They, along with pupils and teachers of the La Encanta School, took part in a one-minute͛s silence and also protested that the verdict should’ve been rape and not sexual abuse.