Gang rape verdicts spur 3rd day of protests in Spain

Tens of thousands of people marched in northern Spain for a third consecutive day to protest the acquittal of five men on gang rape charges.

5 men were convicted on lesser felony of sexual abuse, sentenced to 9 years each in prison

People shout slogans during a protest against sexual abuse in Pamplona, northern Spain, on Saturday. (Alvaro Barrientos/Associated Press)

Tens of thousands of people marched in northern Spain for a third consecutive day to protest the acquittal of five men on gang rape charges.

Local police in Pamplona estimated the size of the crowd at Saturday's march was 35,000.

An 18-year-old woman was attacked during the city's famed San Fermin bull-running festival in 2016.

Local police in Pamplona estimated the size of the crowd at Saturday's march was 35,000. (Alvaro Barrientos/Associated Press)

The five men, whose members named their WhatsApp group "The Pack," were convicted Thursday on a lesser felony of sexual abuse and sentenced to nine years each in prison. Lawyers say the victim is appealing.

The court's decision has also prompted thousands of women to share their experiences of abuse on Twitter under #cuentalo, Spanish for "tell it."

The Spanish government has announced plans to convene discussions on possible legal reforms.

Hundreds of people chanted 'We want justice' and waved signs that read 'No means No' and 'Justice!' (Alvaro Barrientos/Associated Press)