Protest in Spain – level 3

01-05-2018 15:00

An estimated 35,000 people took to the streets of Pamplona, a provincial capital in Spain, to protest against the acquittal of five men accused of gang rape on Sunday.

At the city’s famous San Fermín bull-running festival in 2016, the men attacked an 18-year-old woman. Later the men were convicted on a lesser felony of sexual abuse and sentenced to nine years each in prison.

The Spanish government reacted to the public outrage and announced plans to convene discussions on possible legal reforms.

Difficult words: acquittal (a judgement that a person is not guilty of a crime), accused (a person on trial for a crime), lesser (not so great or important), felony (a serious crime), outrage (a reaction of anger of the people), convene (bring together).

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