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Letter from the Women Detained on May 3rd and 4th
posteado por en Mayo 16, 2006 [02:34]
Letter from the women detained on May 3rd and 4th.

Read by attorney, Juan de Dios, on May 13th, 2006.

To all of the people:

We the women, workers in the countryside and the city, housewives, students, etc., political prisoners since May 3rd and 4th, are indignant over being sentenced to prison. We werenít just insulted, humiliated, beaten, tortured, sexually abused, and raped; now are also prisoners, criminals.

We have lived through repression; not just as people in struggle, but also as women, and in a very specific way. Because even if the men were beaten more, we were sexually attacked and raped. We were subjected to every kind of repression. During our arrest, it started with insults: ďYouíre a whore! You damn whore! We are going to rape you like the whore that you are!Ē But it wasnít enough for them just to beat us; they threatened to kill some of us, or to disappear us. They even tortured us to get information about our families, threatening to kill them too.

Nothing will cleanse us of the sexual abuse and the rape. We were groped; had our hair pulled; were kicked; beaten with sticks, clubs, and shields in our breasts, our rear-ends, our genitals. While they went on threatening us, we were bitten on our breasts, nipples, ears, lips, tongues, etc.

We were penetrated with fingers and objects. Some were forced to perform oral sex, while they laughed at us for being women.

Despite all the abuses that we suffered, now we are also victims of medical negligence. Some of us should have been bandaged and attended to since the day we arrived; some of us have vaginal infections and infected wounds; and some of us canít even sit down for the wounds we suffered.

Despite all that, we are still on a hunger strike, because we are not taking one step back in this struggle. Because we want justice for everyone. Because we should keep fighting, even from prison, so thatís what we are going to do. We will have stayed, and will stay, on our feet in this struggle. .

People, lift your voice! Whatever it takes to bring justice out of this deafness!

Lift up also your reason and your wisdom! If our hands canít do anything here, inside the prison, then our words will.

Give us back our freedom!

We will see justice done! For the physical, sexual, and psychological abuse, and for the rapes!

No one should stay indifferent to the pain that all of us have had to endure!

Freedom for Political Prisoners!

Sincerely,

The women political prisoners, from below and towards the left, in struggle.
Translated by DJ Squeezebox


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