ATROCITIES


Some might argue who are we to speak of atrocities we were caught committing a crime that would have lead to thousands of people poisoning themselves regularly with the cocaine we were trafficking and so we deserved everything we got.

Others would say though that two wrongs don't make a right, and Brazil is supposed to be part of the civilised world with a code of ethics (ha!) so I'm just going to report  exactly what happened to us and you can make your own minds up.

From the moment we were arrested at the International airport; officials were robbing our belongings, our money, and anything else they fancied they took from us never to be seen again.

Over crowding, poor food, dirty conditions, a rebellion and nine people murdered within our first two weeks of being in Presidio Ary Franco's damp underground prison cell A1.

None of that compares to the mental stresses that the International prisoners were put through after being moved on mass into the maximum security prison Bangu 8 .

 “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” 
― Nelson Mandela

26/01/07

Director of the prison personally searched us when we arrived and was seen by me accepting a bribe to not search a rich prisoner properly.


01/02/07

Young Spanish prisoner repeatedly beaten for being caught trying to sneak a mobile phone into Bangu 8.


06/02/07


   Pastor Richard see the bruises on the Spanish guy and notified the consulates of our situation.


07/02/07

   Consulate visited and were lied to by the Director and they believed him.


09/02/07

   Guards would not allow me to go to my doctors appointment, and there was a visit from the governors assistant who was here about our human rights concerns for this place.  After he left the Director took out his frustration on two Brazilian prisoners in the cells opposite, kicking and beating them with a broomstick.


12/02/07

   Director and the chief of security beat an Angolan prisoner in the corridor in front of us. The Pastor came to visit but was told we didn't want to see him and we knew nothing about it until after he was gone.


14/02/07

   Director brought the guards for a show of force and a cell search, then got all the prisoners together to tell us that the prisoners who work up front for remission are all grasses and tell him everything.


20/02/07

   There have been no sign of any guards in the prison today, it looks like they have left the arrested police/prisoners in charge for the day. Late night gun shots in the prison, followed by ex police taking another prisoner to solitary.


21/02/07

   9am and the Director is beating four Brazilians locked in solitary.


28/02/07

   Female visitors coming to see prisoners are reporting being harassed by the guards.


02/03/07

   Director and a group of guards entered our corridor to stop an argument and beat prisoners for no reason and the Director was wearing two handguns in his trousers that anyone could have snatched off of him.


11/03/07

   Ex police prisoner allowed to move the other prisoners personal belongings and of course loads of things went missing.


12/03/07

 First thing in the morning the Director, Sub Director and the chief of security beat a Brazilian prisoner using pepper spray on him and the gas from a fire extinguisher.


14/03/07

   Director announced to everyone that he knows we have been complaining about our treatment in his prison and that he will be making life more difficult for us.


21/03/07

   Water has been going on and off in all the cells, nothing for washing or drinking,


27/03/07

   More people visited about our human rights but the Director made sure they were not taken by us so we couldn't complain.


28/03/07

   The Director is now hijacking prisoners coming back from their lawyers and taking their money off of them.


11/04/07

   The Director tried it on us today after our visit from Pastor Richard only we didn't have any money.


16/04/07  

   All telephone calls to anywhere have been stopped by the Director in breach of the law.


17/04/07

   The Director came and said that the phone calls have been stopped because of a new law issued by President Lula.


20/04/07

   Spanish and Holland prisoners beaten because they were caught in possession of weed.



20/07/07

   We have all been on lock down because the Director has lost a mobile phone that he was renting to a Jewish prisoner. The Jew sold it on to somebody else because he was moving prisons, when the Director found out he tried to stop the Jews transfer and locked the prison down, the Jew even cut himself to pieces threatening to kill himself if he wasn't moved.


07/08/07

   The Director came and told everybody that phone calls are now allowed but only if the consulate fax permission to the prison first. four months without access to the phone.


14/08/07

   An old English prisoner was near death, had to e-mail the consulate to send an ambulance because none of the prison officials would do anything to help, finally when the English prisoner fell unconscious the Director agreed to take him to hospital in his car but he did it roughly and hurt the English guy more.


16/08/07

   The Director and the chief of security beat a young boy from Paraguay for possession of weed.


17/08/07

   The guards have had extra blankets for all the prisoners for over 3 weeks, instead of giving them out like they are supposed too, they are selling them to the highest bidders.


22/08/07

   Sub Director giving Pastor Richard problems over the food shopping he brings for us, turns out he was just stalling so that one of the other guards could steal some cakes out of the bags, pathetic!


28/08/07

   The Director keeps making sly comments to the sick, old English guy making him feel worse.


31/08/07

   Sub Director hanging up the phone on international prisoners family and thinking it's funny, then he came and stole mattresses off of International prisoners to give to Brazilians.


03/09/07

   Director beat a Belgium guy as he stepped out of the transport van claiming he was looking at a woman when he was not.


04/09/07

   Director trying to intimidate a big time Italian prisoner into trying to get him to pay bribes after hearing that the Italian has a history of trying to buy his way out of prison.


04/09/07

   Director bans the pastors from bringing us shopping for no reason other than to be a cunt.


05/09/07

   Over crowding begins again, people sleeping on the floor again.


10/09/07

   Chief of security beat a Holland guy so bad with a broom that the broom snapped.


14/09/07

   Found out today the reason people are not being set free is because the officials in Bangu are not doing their jobs and letting the paperwork build up.


18/09/07

   Consulate inform us that conditional release has been illegally canceled at Brazilia.


26/09/07

 Chief of security beat another Holland prisoner, this time because the prisoner asked when he would be given his money.

Guards allowing Brazilians to see their lawyers but not the International prisoners.


19/10/07

   Director threatening to make everybody sleep on the floor because he thinks we are all hanging out the bars shouting abuse at women outside, which is not the case at all it's just him being a crack head.


20/10/07

   Chief of security beat up a Somalian guy in front of everybody just because the Somalian didn't speak Portuguese and couldn't explain why he was being beat up in the courtyard by another prisoner.


31/10/07

   Chief of security allowed two prisoners to have phone cards then came by later and stole them saying he never authorised them.


04/11/07

   Director and chief of security in the prison on a Sunday, which was unusual, the chief of security was obviously drunk and was fooling around, they decided to cut the power to all the cells so that the prisoners couldn't watch some football match.


16/11/07

   The chief of security beat the crap out of a skinny Angolan A.I.D.S patient with a stick.


21/11/07

   Director came into the International prisoners cells today, putting people up against walls and trying to intimidate them into telling him who helped the Italians write letters complaining about the Directors treatment of us.


27/11/07

   I received a birthday card from the chief of security, late and opened.


04/12/07

   German guys lawyer came to collect his R$1800 from the chief of security only to find that the chief of security has borrowed R$450 of it without permission.


11/12/07

    Director came into our cell, grabbed a young Holland guy by his ear and dragged him out the cell for a beating, then brought him back saying sorry, mistaken identity,
  he then took the Colombian guy he wanted.


12/12/07

   Late night, one of the guards had one of his friends in the prison showing off and trying to boss prisoners around, claiming to be police.


18/12/07

   Chief of security gave R$150 back to the German guy in front of everyone, like it was no big thing.


21/12/07

   Chief of security seen by everyone forcing R$50 out of all the Italian prisoners, he took R$300 of them in total.


27/12/07

   The guards are keeping the water turned off again.

We were finally moved out of Bangu 8 a little after a year later, we were all sent back to Esmereldina Bandeira, only thing different was they put us in cell 7 not cell 8 like before, the whole bullshit stay at Bangu 8 was for nothing.

Check out the dictionary and thesaurus below and you tell me how bad our year in Bangu 8 was.

 DICTIONARY

   a·troc·i·ty
    n. pl. a·troc·i·ties
      1. Appalling or atrocious condition, quality, or behavior; monstrousness.
      2. An appalling or atrocious act, situation, or object, especially an act of unusual or illegal cruelty inflicted by an armed force on civilians or prisoners.

 ATROCITY

    n pl -ties
   1. behaviour or an action that is wicked or ruthless
   2. the fact or quality of being atrocious
   3. (usually plural) acts of extreme cruelty, esp against prisoners or civilians in wartime.

“The best thing—in Shadow's opinion, perhaps the only good thing—about being in prison was a feeling of relief. The feeling that he'd plunged as low as he could plunge and he'd hit bottom. He didn't worry that the man was going to get him, because the man had got him. He was no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, because yesterday had brought it.” 
― Neil Gaiman, American Gods

THESAURUS


   Noun1. atrocity - the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
   atrociousness, barbarity, barbarousness, heinousness
   inhumaneness, inhumanity - the quality of lacking compassion or consideration for others

            2. atrocity - an act of atrocious cruelty
                inhumanity
                cruelty, inhuman treatment - a cruel act; a deliberate infliction of pain and  
                suffering
                barbarism, barbarity, brutality, savagery - a brutal barbarous savage act
                outrage - a wantonly cruel act
                enormity - an act of extreme wickedness

   ATROCITY


   noun
      1. act of cruelty, wrong, crime, horror, offence, evil, outrage, outrage, cruelty, brutality,
   obscenity, wrongdoing, enormity, monstrosity, transgression, abomination, barbarity, villainy.

   Those who committed this atrocity should be punished.

      2. cruelty, wrong, horror, brutality, wrongdoing, enormity, savagery, ruthlessness, wickedness,inhumanity, infamy, transgression, barbarity, viciousness, villainy, baseness, monstrousness, heinousness, nefariousness, shockingness, atrociousness, fiendishness, barbarousness, grievousness, villainousness stomach-churning tales of atrocity and massacre.

“Realizing the seriously ruthless, venomous habits and agendas of evil always instills a more fierce passion and longing for a closer God. Men, out of pride, may claim their own authorities over what constitutes good and evil; they may self-proclaim a keen knowledge of subjective morality through religion or science. But that is only if they are acknowledging the work of evil as a cartoon-like, petty little rain cloud in the sky that merely wants to dampen one's spirits. On the contrary, a man could be without a doubt lit with the strength, the peace, and the knowledge of the gods, his gods, but when or if the devils grow weary in unsuccessful attempts to torment him, they begin tormenting his loved ones, or, if not his loved ones, anyone who may attempt to grasp his philosophies. No matter how godly he may become, God is, in the end, his only hope and his only grace for the pressures built around him - it is left up to a higher authority and a more solid peace and a wider love to eclipse not just one's own evils but all evils for goodness to ultimately matter. If all men were gods, each being would dwell in a separate prison cell, hopeless, before finally imploding into nothingness.” 
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

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