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PAMPLONA, Spain, July 10, 2018 (News Wires) — Spanish officials say three men have been injured in Tuesday's running of the bulls but no one was gored in the quickest dash yet at this year's San Fermin festival in Pamplona.

Tomas Belzunegui, a spokesman with Navarra's regional hospital, says the runners are mildly bruised and likely to be released after treatment.

Hundreds of people test their agility and bravery to race with six animals in the bull runs.

This year's fourth race to the city's bullring lasted 2 minutes, 15 seconds, the fastest so far.

One person has been gored and about 15 people treated in the hospital so far in 2018 due to injuries suffered from falling or trampling during the run.

Nobel Literature laureate Ernest Hemingway popularised the nine-day fiesta in his 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises."

MADRID, April 29, 2018 (News agencies) -- Tens of thousands of people have marched in northern Spain for a third

consecutive day to protest against the acquittal of five men of gang rape.

Police in Pamplona estimated up to 35,000 people took part in a demonstration on Saturday, rallying under the slogan, “it’s

not sexual abuse, it’s rape”. Thousands of women marched together with their hands raised at the protest, which police said

passed off peacefully.

An 18-year-old woman was attacked during the city’s bull-running festival in 2016, prompting a national outcry.

The five men, who called themselves la manada or “the wolf pack” in their WhatsApp group, were on Thursday acquitted of

sexual assault, which includes rape, and sentenced to nine years for the lesser offence of sexual abuse. Lawyers say the

victim is appealing.

Demonstrators have filled streets across the country since the court ruling, leading Spain’s conservative government to say it

will consider changing rape laws.

The court’s decision has also prompted thousands of women to share their experiences of abuse on Twitter under the

hashtag #cuentalo, Spanish for “tell it”.

Ana Botín, the head of Santander, one of Spain’s biggest banks, tweeted the ruling was “a step back for women’s security”,

while former judge Manuela Carmena, now the Madrid mayor, tweeted it “does not meet women’s demand for justice”.

Carmena called for the country’s supreme court to overturn it.

An online petition calling for the disqualification of the judges who passed the sentence gathered more than 1.2m signatures

by Saturday.

The issue also hogged the headlines of newspapers all around the country. Under Spain’s criminal code, evidence of

violence or intimidation must exist for the offence of rape to be proved, but that was a legal nuance that was “not always easy

to establish,” top-selling daily El País wrote in an editorial.

And a community of 16 Carmelite nuns in the Hondarribia monastery in the Basque country condemned the court ruling on


“We live cloistered away, wearing a habit that reaches down to our ankles, we don’t go out in the evening, we don’t go to

parties, we don’t drink alcohol and we’ve undertaken a vow of chastity,” the nuns said.

“And because that’s our free choice, we will defend with all the means at our disposal ... the right of all woman to FREELY do

the opposite, without them being judged, raped, threatened, killed or humiliated.”

State prosecutors said they would appeal the ruling.

Adriana Lastra, a top official with Spain’s main opposition Socialist party, said the court ruling was “disgraceful”.

“It’s the product of a patriarchal and macho culture,” she said.