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Cuarto-Poder-Manada-CC-BY-NC-3.0 'Spanish Me Too' surges after gang acquitted of rape charge
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  Mass protests across Spain after what many saw as a lenient court ruling against five sexual predators so-called 'The Pack'
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  <strong>Mass protests about a contentious sexual assault ruling in Spain stretched <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43935380">over three days</a>, with <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/29/world/europe/spain-pamplona-rape-case-protest.html?emc=edit_mbe_20180430&amp;amp;nl=morning-briefing-europe&amp;amp;nlid=8301755420180430&amp;amp;te=1&amp;mtrref=undefined">more than 35,000 people demonstrating in Pamplona</a>, the northern Spanish city at the heart of the verdict (<em>The New York Times</em>). Protesters also took to the streets in Madrid, Barcelona, and other cities.</strong>
  The court had found<a href="https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/11/27/inenglish/1511778569_875046.html"> José Ángel Prenda, Ángel Boza, Alfonso Jesús Cabezuelo, Jesús Escudero and Antonio Manuel Guerrero</a> (<em>El País</em>) guilty of sexually abusing C., the 20-year-old female victim, in 2016, but not of raping her. The assault happened during the 2016 festivities of San Fermín, the controversial bull races in Pamplona held every July. Critics say the ruling was too lenient and the men should have been charged with rape.
  Under Spanish law <a href="https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/04/27/inenglish/1524824382_557525.html">an assault is only considered "rape"</a> if there is clear evidence of considerable violence and intimidation. Sexual abuse is a lesser charge. (<em>El País,</em> English version)
  <em>The New York Times</em> says the case has turned into Spain's "Me Too" moment, with the Spanish hashtag, <a href="http://twitter.com/hashtag/cu%C3%A9ntalo?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Ehashtag">#Cuéntalo (Tell)</a>, going viral in recent days.
  <a href="https://www.elperiodico.com/es/sucesos-y-tribunales/20180426/quien-es-quien-en-la-manada-6785512">Who is who in 'The Pack'</a>
  These are the members of the gang, all sentenced to 9 years' prison for sexually abusing (not raping) C.:
  José Ángel Prenda
  Known as 'Joselito The Fat' - although he has lost weight in prison - or 'El Prenda', in allusion to his surname, which means "cunning" in Spanish. Prenda was the one who chatted the victim up on the night of the assault. Born in 1989, neighbours describe him as a young man caring for his elderly and ill parents especially his father, who worked as a baker. Jobless, he is a member of the ultra factions of football club Sevilla CF, ​​whose headquarters is located opposite his home. He has a background of forceful robbery, which earned him a two-year prison sentence.
  Alfonso Jesús Cabezuelo
  Born in 1988, he is a soldier by career and a member of the Military Emergency Unit (UME) located in Morón de la Frontera (Seville). Like 'El Prenda', he is a staunch supporter of Sevilla CF, and precisely because of his connection with some of the most violent followers of the football team he also has a history of injuries, tumultuarial conflict and public disorder. Cabezuelo sports several tattoos, such as a wolf's jaw and the group's motto: 'The power of the wolf resides in The Pack'. He also appears in the video of the assault on another female victim in Pozoblanco (Córdoba), fondling her in the backseat while she seems unconscious.
&nbsp Ángel Boza
  The youngest of the members of 'La Manada' traveled to Pamplona for his baptism of fire to become a full member of the group. In fact, he is the only one not involved in the previous Pozoblanco incident. Born in 1991 and a member of a humble family he is the less known of the group, although like his colleagues, he has a history of DUI and robbery. As it has transpired, during his stay in prison he has been devoted to completing his basic education.
  Jesús Escudero
  Born in 1990, Escudero worked as a hairdresser in a family business. According to versions, he has kept his career in the Pamplona prison during all this time. He has no background. The tattoo with the imprint of a wolf on the side and the watch with a large sphere were essential for the victim to identify the attackers. One of the recordings of what happened in the wee hours of 7 July 2016 also came from his mobile phone.
  Antonio Manuel Guerrero
  Cousin of Escudero's, with whom he went to school, he managed to stop in the courts the dissemination of his personal data until the issuance of the sentence. It is only known that he was born in 1989, that he graduated as an agent of the Guardia Civil police corps in 2015 with more than modest results, and that he has been a father during his imprisonment after a vis a vis with his usual girlfriend. Most of the videos of the attack were found on his mobile phone, and he admitted in trial to having stolen C's mobile phone, for which he has also been sentenced to a fine of 300 euros for theft.
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  Crime, Gender, Spain
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