Rapists freed in Spain

From the July-August 2018 issue of News & Letters

One of many of the demonstrations held across Spain protesting the freeing of the La Manada rapists. The signs read “I believe you,” and “Misogynist Justice.”

Madrid, Spain—There have been massive demonstrations in 30 major  cities of Spain, including Madrid, Pamplona and Barcelona, right after the five members of the La Manada case were set free from prison on June 22, after only two years in jail. Spanish Army personnel José Ángel Prenda and Alfonso Cabezuelo, along with Civil Guard Antonio Manuel Guerrero, as well as Jesús Escudero and Ángel Boza were pardoned after gang-raping an 18-year-old girl
in Pamplona during the San Fermin ceremonies in 2016.

They  were originally  sentenced to nine years for sexual abuse, but were released early when all three judges decided that they will never behave as such in the future. Thousands of angry demonstrators in Madrid shouted in the streets, “It is not abuse, it is a violation!”

The prisoners were released on 6,000 euros bond and not allowed to leave the country or to enter the city of Madrid where the teenage girl lives. Those restrictions have already been violated by Guerrero, who applied for a passport.

—Mannel

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