The Stunt?

  1. Note the nasty attitude of the Associated Press reporting on Bolivian prisoners protesting the horrible conditions in prisons there. The protest being reported on here is called a "stunt".

    Too bad we can't lock up the editorial staff of some of the US papers and news sources in Bolivian jails as a stunt. Maybe even nail some of them up to a cross as a stunt, too.

    Nurse Hardee
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    Two Inmates Nailed to Crosses in Bolivia
    Wed Feb 11

    SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia - Two inmates were voluntarily nailed to crosses Wednesday by their fellow prisoners as part of a protest for better conditions and shorter sentences that was broadcast on Bolivian television.
    The two men at the Palmasola prison in this city southeast of La Paz screamed in pain as their hands were nailed to the makeshift crosses.

    Inmates Freddy Acosta and Walter Ortiz were removed from the crosses after a few minutes and taken to the prison infirmary for treatment of broken bones in their hands, said regional police commander Freddy Soruco.
    They were removed by police who rushed to the scene.

    "No one forced us to do this," said Acosta, 37. "It's the authorities' fault."

    Another inmate, Carlos Vega, said five more inmates were prepared to take part in the protest, but Soruco said that will not be permitted. Reporters from TV and radio stations were on hand to record the protest after being summoned by the inmates for a news conference-a normal, frequent procedure in Bolivia. It was not clear why the prison authorities permitted the stunt and officials would not comment, but the guards have a reputation for corruption.

    Inmates at many Bolivian prisons have recently been demanding better conditions and faster legal proceedings. Hundreds of inmates have been imprisoned for months without being sentenced. Acosta and Ortiz have been in jail for more than a year without being sentenced, other inmates said. It was not known of what crimes they were convicted.

    The inmates also are demanding home detention for inmates over 60 and shorter sentences for those who have participated in work programs.
    Nardi Suxo, a lawyer who represents the protesting inmates, said about 70 percent of Bolivia's 5,600 prisoners support the movement.

    The protest started with scattered hunger strikes, including some in which the inmates sewed their lips shut. The government has not commented on the protest, but members of congress vowed to consider legislation addressing some of the inmates' concerns.
    Last edit by NurseHardee on Feb 14, '04