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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 02:11 PM

 

Venezuela's Unwanted. Why are male prisoners in Venezuela sewing their mouths shut?

“You can judge a society by how well it treats its prisoners”.

Fyodor Dostoevsky


http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/02/venezuelas-unwanted/272830/

Venezuela may have the worst prisons in Latin America. The country's 30 or so facilities were built for 12,000 inmates, but hold nearly four times that many. In many institutions, guards have surrendered control to armed gangs headed by prisoner-tyrants called pranes. Inmates exchange drugs and weapons openly. Riots occur frequently. In 2011, there were more than 500 violent deaths in the country's penitentiaries.

At the lowest end of the prison power structure are los anegados -- the unwanted ones -- prisoners who have angered the pranes or allies of the pranes, on the inside or outside, and fear for their lives. And so, in an act of desperation, they stitch their mouths shut. Within the country's prisons there is an unspoken, but religiously followed, agreement among inmates: When one sews his lips, no one can kill him.

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Reply Venezuela's Unwanted. Why are male prisoners in Venezuela sewing their mouths shut? (Original post)
naaman fletcher Feb 2013 OP
Bacchus4.0 Feb 2013 #1
Judi Lynn Feb 2013 #2
joshcryer Feb 2013 #3
joshcryer Feb 2013 #4

Response to naaman fletcher (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 08:42 AM

1. that's just messed up n/t

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Response to naaman fletcher (Original post)

Tue Feb 5, 2013, 02:35 PM

2. Ex-GM Workers On Hunger Strike In Colombia Sew Mouths Shut To Protest Firings

Ex-GM Workers On Hunger Strike In Colombia Sew Mouths Shut To Protest Firings
The Huffington Post | By Ron Dicker Posted: 08/20/2012 5:26 pm Updated: 08/20/2012 6:51 pm



Several workers who believe they were fired unjustly from GM's Bogotá, Colombia, Colmotores plant say they are willing to starve to death if the company doesn't meet their demands, according to reports.

Their mouths sewn shut in a hunger strike that began Aug. 1, the workers are calling on the auto giant to compensate them for serious injuries incurred on the job and to place them back in the workforce.

"We are all totally prepared to die," Jorge Parra, a former GM worker and union activist, mumbled in Spanish through needle-and-thread-stitched lips, according to the Toronto Star.

Those who have publicly joined the strike in front of the U.S. embassy in Bogotá are in danger beyond the prospect of starvation; according to the Wall Street Journal, "several dozen" union activists are killed in Colombia each year. The Journal added that the Colmotores protests began a year ago, but received little attention until the hunger strike. A representative told the paper the U.S. embassy was "monitoring the situation."

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/20/gm-hunger-strike_n_1812561.html

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:08 PM

3. Jorge Parra has done it twice so far and ended his last one.

I do not see any evidence these human rights abused prisoners have been allowed to take a break from their imprisoned lifetime commitment to having their mouths sewed shut. Unlike Jorge Parra who is a free man, free to protest, and able to run an organization which keeps him well fed no doubt.

Indeed, I recall you mocking "fat" Venezuelan hunger strikers. Your concern for their lip sewing was also quaint.

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Response to naaman fletcher (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 10:10 PM

4. And remember, many thousands of these prisoners have not even been charged yet.

They simply are sitting around awaiting a charge and a trial date. Many will never see it.

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