The festival has been in the headlines after the trial of La Manada (‘The Wolfpack’) earlier this year. The group of five men, who named themselves The Wolfpack in their WhatsApp group, were in April acquitted of rape but jailed for nine years for sexual abuse for an attack on a woman at Pamplona in 2016.
In June, they were released on bail pending an appeal, provoking widespread protests across Spain.
This year, city authorities are taking extra measures to make sure everyone feels safe.
The EraStop/AgreStop app, which can be downloaded straight onto a smartphone, uses geolocation to enable police to find anyone sending out a distress signal.
There are three buttons:
‘I am being assaulted’ – immediately connects the user with the police, sending them their location.
‘Report an assault’ – can be used by anyone who is witnessing an assault and puts them straight through to police.
‘Keep me company’ – sends a message to the user’s friends that allows them to track their location, making sure they make it back to their accommodation safely.
The app was launched on Wednesday, July 4, by Pamplona’s councillor for Citizenship and Coexistence, Itziar Gómez.
“In a stressful situation, you can’t be explaining where you are, who you are and what’s happening”, Gómez said.