26 December 2006
By Salifu Abdul Rahaman
Thursday, 23 November 2006
THE growing incidence of mob instant justice in the country was the subject of comment by Members of Parliament (MP) at yesterday’s sitting.
This followed a statement by Alfred Agbesi (NDC – Ashaiman) expressing concern about the phenomena becoming "a great source of worry to many Ghanaians."
Mr Agbesi said in the immediate past months of August and September, a number of acts of mob action occurred in some parts of Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast and other cities and towns.
He recalled that on August 23, a suspected thief was killed at Adabraka, Accra for allegedly stealing a mobile phone.
He said on August 28, two men who allegedly stole ¢5 million in Accra were stripped naked and beaten up mercilessly with metal rods.
"Mr Speaker, again on the same day, a 24-year-old alleged robber was flogged to death with iron rods at Pedu, Cape Coast."
"On September 10, the timely intervention of a team of policemen from Dansoman District Police Station saved the life of a suspected robber who was beaten up by a mob and taken for dead. He was later found in a pool of blood by residents of Zodiac, Dansoman," he said.
Mr Agbesi said on September 21, one Kwame Wrawra alias Daniel Dodi, alleged to be a notorious armed robber noted for bag and money snatching as well as robberies at homes and on the highways, was arrested in an operation in Tema.Dodi had his scrotum split open by an angry crowd which also poured boiled water on him.
"A resort to instant justice means a total disregard for society; total regard for each other, the rule of law, the criminal justice system and above all, the Constitution of the land," he said.
There will be total anarchy and confusion when aggrieved members of the
society take the law into their own hands and do what they consider to be just, he said.
While agreeing that crime in the society is rising everyday, Mr Agbesi said, "Those acts must be punished but they must be punished in accordance with the prescribed law."
Mr Agbesi appealed to the courts, prosecutors and all those in charge with the administration of justice to dispense justice with dispatch "for our people to have confidence and faith in the judicial system."
Volume 23 - Issue 23 ::
Nov. 18-Dec. 01, 2006
INDIA'S NATIONAL MAGAZINE
from the publishers of THE HINDU
Dalit blood on village square
IT is about 500 yards from Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange's hut to Khairlanji village square. Like all such villages the square is a hub of activity - the school, the village meeting hall and the common well are clustered at this point. It is surrounded by homes, including that of the sarpanch. It would be extremely difficult for anyone from the village to say they knew nothing about an incident in the square. Yet this is exactly what the people of Khairlanji say.
The Dalit family's Hut
Before sunset on September 29, a mob of about 40 Kunbis from Khairlanji entered Bhotmange's hut and dragged out his wife, daughter and two sons. Forty-year-old Surekha, 17-year-old Priyanka, 19-year-old Roshan and 21-year-old Sudhir were stripped naked and paraded to the village square where the women were probably raped. All of them were beaten with bicycle chains and other implements and their leg bones were broken, presumably to prevent their escape. Finally, they were killed by axe blows. According to the forensic report they died from,"intracranial haemorrhage and neurogenic shock". The bodies were loaded on to a bullock cart and dumped in a canal about two kilometres away.
Since no eyewitnesses have come forward, the sequence of events was reconstructed from forensic evidence and the information given by Rajan Gajbiye, who witnessed the victims being stripped. Gajbiye, a Dalit from neighbouring Dhusala and a friend of the family, was already on his way to Khairlanji when Priyanka called for help from her cell phone. He was fearful of the Bhotmanges being lynched because the same mob had descended on his village earlier that day searching for his cousin Siddharth, a police patil of his village. On September 3, following a land and labour-related dispute the Kunbis in Khairlangi assaulted him. At the time, the women of the Bhotmange family who witnessed the attack filed a police complaint
Photos of the victims at the local newspaper
Panchseela Shendge is a bit more forthcoming in her account, but her story appears to be tempered by fear: "We heard loud sounds from the direction of Bhotmange's house. People were saying `Catch them', `Stop them from running, hold them down' but we thought they were chasing cattle." She is a member of one of the two remaining Dalit families and one can understand why she does not want to say more.
The Sarpanch, Upasrao Khandate, says he was away in his fields and returned late (a fact challenged by Panchsheela Shendge, a Dalit). Khandate is one of the prime suspects named by Bhaiyyalal, who says he arrived at the moment when he saw his family being dragged out but was too scared to intervene. He hid himself for a while and then ran away to get help. Despite being named, the sarpanch was not among the 44 taken into custody. He denies knowledge of the murder and says no one from his village was involved. Superintendent of Police Bhandara Suresh Sagar told Frontline that many of the accused had confessed to the crime in front of the police, but not in front of a magistrate.
Priyanka strapped to a bullock cart. By now, men allegedly from the entire village of about 150 Powar and Kalar families had collected. Some shouted to the sarpanch to allow them to sexually assault the women. They raped the women and killed all four, even as their womenfolk looked on, mute spectators to a form of justice reserved for castes lower than theirs. One woman, Sudha Dhenge, reportedly did protest but was slapped into silence. She now says she was never there.
Surekha and Priyanka were stripped, paraded naked, beaten black and blue with bicycle chains, axes and bullock cart pokers. They were publicly gang raped until they died. Some raped them even after that, and finally, sticks and rods were shoved into their genitals. In the meantime,
Sudhir managed to contact the police from his mobile phone, but his phone had been smashed. Its pieces are now circumstantial evidence. Roshan and Sudhir were beaten up, their genitals mutilated, faces disfigured and their bodies tossed in the air, before they lay dead on the ground. Hiding behind a hut, Bhaiyyalal helplessly watched his family’s gruesome end. There was no one to call for help. Kherlanji had only two Mahar families; the rest were either perpetrators or spectators. An hour later, a village meeting was called and a diktat issued: no one was to say a word about the massacre.
Berg's body was found decapitated on May 8, 2004 on a Baghdad overpass by a U.S. military patrol. Berg's family was informed of his death on May 10. Military sources stated publicly at that time that Berg's body showed "signs of trauma", but did not disclose that he had been decapitated.
On May 11, 2004, the website of the militant Islamist group Muntada al-Ansar posted a video with the opening title of "Abu Musa'b al-Zarqawi slaughters an American", which shows Berg being decapitated. Al-Zarqawi had an association with the Al-Qaida movement as does Muntada al-Ansar. The video is about five and a half minutes long.
Berg is seen in the video wearing an orange jumpsuit. He identified himself: "My name is Nick Berg, my father's name is Michael, my mother's name is Susan. I have a brother and sister, David and Sarah. I live in West Chester, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia."
The video shows Berg surrounded by five men wearing ski masks and head scarves. A lengthy statement is read aloud. The statement says that Berg's killing was in direct retaliation for the abuse of prisoners by U.S. troops at Abu Ghraib prison. The masked men then converge on Berg and decapitate him with a knife. A scream can be heard as men shout "Allahu Akbar."
On May 13, news outlets quoted a CIA source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, that a voice analysis of the tape has led the agency to conclude that the masked man who reads the statement and carries out the killing is "with high probability" Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Nick Berg, in orange, seated, before his decapitation by the five men standing over him.During the video, the man reading the statement threatens further deaths: "We tell you that the dignity of the Muslim men and women in Abu Ghraib and others is not redeemed except by blood and souls. You will not receive anything from us but coffins after coffins ... slaughtered in this way." The video further threatens U.S. President George W. Bush and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
The video bears some similarities to the videotape showing the murder and decapitation of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Pakistan in 2002. Like Pearl, Berg was Jewish, although it is uncertain whether his captors were aware of that. There are many differences noted with other decapitation videos, including the decapitation video of Paul Johnson in Saudi Arabia and the video of Kim Sun-il in Iraq.
23 December 2006
A number of famous penises are said to be floating about the world, having various adventures long after their owners went toes-up. John Dillinger's is said to be in the Smithsonian, and the Russian Museum of Erotica proudly boasts Rasputin's. But the Holy Grail of infamous dongs is that of Napoleon Bonaparte. Bonaparte's autopsy was performed in 1821 by his personal doctor, in the presence of seventeen witnesses, including seven British doctors and a priest. Organs removed from Napoleon included his heart, which he requested be delivered to his wife, and his stomach, which the assembled experts agreed was ridden with cancer and the cause of Napoleon's demise. Accounts of the autopsy claim the penis was small (guy couldn't catch a break), but there's no mention of its removal. In 1916, the priest's descendants sold off a collection of Naploeonic relics that included "the mummified tendon taken from Napoleon's body during the post-mortem." The memento has since changed hands a number of times; the latest story is that American urologist John Lattimer bought it at auction in 1977. Lattimer defends its authenticity today, but it's hard to disagree with Sir Arthur Keith's 1913 argument that, given the number of witnesses at the autopsy, someone probably would have noticed if his penis went missing
The First Russian Sex Museum will Exhibit Rasputin’s Penis
News and photos from the Moscow News (28/04/2004)
The first Russian museum of erotica is opening in St. Petersburg, Russian Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily reports. The museum is founded by Igor Knyazkin, the chief of the prostate research center in St. Petersburg of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences .
Knyazkin told the newspaper that museums of sex and erotica exist in many European countries and he wanted Russia to be a civilized country with a view on the future and with correct views on erotica.
There is one exhibit in the museum which makes Knyazkin be especially proud of. This is the 30-centimeter preserved penis of Grigory Rasputin [see photo].
Photo courtesy St. Petersburg Erotica Museum
“Having this exhibit, we can stop envying America, where Napoleon Bonaparte’s penis is now kept. … Napoleon’s penis is but a small ”pod“ it cannot stand comparison to our organ of 30 centimeters…” the head of the museum said.
Rasputin, nicknamed “Mad Monk” by historians was born in 1869 in Siberia, arrived in St. Petersburg in 1911 and within a few years had become one of the most influential men in government circles. His rise to preeminence was due to his close relationship with Nicholas II’s wife, Alexandra. The heir to the throne suffered from hemophaelia, and only Rasputin could stop the boy’s bleeding. Because of this, Alexandra believed he was a holy man sent to protect Alexis and she kept him close by at all times.
However, many historians point to the unusual cult that Rasputin practiced at the Emperors’ court — a strange mixture of Christianity and sexual practices. Many of the noble women were believed to be in sexual relations with Rasputin, possibly including the Empress.
At the end of 1916, a group of aristocrats decided that Rasputin’s influence had grown too great and that he had to be killed in order to save Russia. They lured him to the palace of one of the princes; fed him poisoned cakes and wine, shot him and then threw him into the frozen river.
The address of St. Petersburg museum of erotica:
Furshtatskaya embankment, 47/11a (metro Chernyshevskaya), tel.: (812) 320 76 00. Opened daily 8.00 to 21.30
11 December 2006
BAGHDAD, Iraq - An angry mob of insurgents attacked a convoy of American contractors last month when they got lost in a town north of Baghdad, killing four and wounding two, the U.S. military said on Sunday.
The Sept. 20 attack in the mostly Sunni Arab town of Duluiyah, about 45 miles north of Baghdad, was reported for the first time on Saturday by the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph and confirmed by the military on Sunday.
The convoy, which included U.S. military guards riding in Humvees, made a wrong turn into Duluiyah and insurgents opened fire with rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, Maj. Richard Goldenberg, a spokesman for Task Force Liberty in north-central Iraq, told The Associated Press. ...
The Telegraph reported the contractors killed and wounded were employees of the Halliburton Co. subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root, the biggest U.S. military contractor in Iraq. But Goldenberg could not confirm that.
The Telegraph reported that two of the contractors not killed in the initial attack were dragged alive from their vehicle, which had been badly shot up. They were forced to kneel in the road before being killed.
“Killing one of the men with a rifle round fired into the back of his head, they doused the other with petrol and set him alight,” the paper reported. “Barefoot children, yelping in delight, piled straw on to the screaming man’s body to stoke the flames.”
The crowd then “dragged their corpses through the street, chanting anti-U.S. slogans,” the report said.
With Hebrew captives, or with previously conquered nations, circumcision was a redundancy they could hardly afford -- it already having been done! That's probably why their humiliation was to only have their private parts manhandled by the Assyrian barbers out in front of God and everybody!
When, then, on the 10th of June 1810, the prince's body was conveyed to Stockholm and Fersen, in his official capacity as Riksnzarskalk, received it at the barrier and led the funeral cortege into the city, his fine carriage and his splendid robes seemed to the people an open derision of the general grief. The crowd began to murmur and presently to fling stones and cry "murderer !" He sought refuge in a house in the Riddarhus Square, but the mob rushed after him, brutally maltreated him and tore his robes to pieces. To quiet the people and save the unhappy victim, two officers volunteered to conduct him to the senate house and there place him in arrest. But he had no sooner mounted the steps leading to the entrance than the crowd, which had followed him all the way beating him with sticks and umbrellas, made a rush at him, knocked him down, and kicked and trampled him to death. This horrible outrage,which lasted more than an hour, happened, too, in the presence of numerous troops, drawn up in the Riddarhus Square, who made not the slightest effort to rescue the Riksmarskalk from his tormentors.
Paul and Silas are taken into the market place before the authorities. At the center of the marketplace of Philippi was the forum. On the north side of the forum stood a raised platform. It was known as the Bema -- the seat of judgment. It was here that Paul and Silas were brought.
And the crowd rose up together against them, and the chief magistrates tore their robes off them, and proceeded to order them to be beaten with rods. 23 And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely; 24 and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison, and fastened their feet in the stocks
Notice the mob mentality that is at work. This all takes place in the public square of the marketplace. The crowd gathers and it moves against Paul and Silas. The magistrates order the two men to be stripped of their clothes and beaten. Shame and pain are mixed together as many blows are inflicted. But that is not all. They are then thrown into prison and their feet are secured in stocks. They will be forced to sit in an uncomfortable position for hours upon end with no relief.
What would have been your attitude in such circumstances? Beaten, mocked, stripped naked, rejected, and now forced to sit in uncomfortable stocks amidst your own refuse in the most unsanitary conditions imaginable.
01 December 2006
Just this year, Islamic militants in Fallujah, a place the United States is making safe for democracy, paraded vendors convicted of selling alcohol through a public square, naked. This kind of shaming seems a throwback to an era when there was no legal system to mediate between the emotions of the mob and the wrongdoer, something courts and democracy were meant to avoid.
“The Bostonians paying the excise-man, or tarring and feathering.”
A 1774 British print depicted the tarring and feathering of Boston Commissioner of Customs John Malcolm. Tarring and feathering was a ritual of humiliation and public warning that stopped just short of serious injury. Victims included British officials such as Malcolm and American merchants who violated non-importation by importing British goods. Other forms of public humiliation included daubing victims’ homes with the contents of cesspits, or actual violence against property, such as the burning of stately homes and carriages. This anti-Patriot print showed Customs Commissioner Malcolm being attacked under the Liberty Tree by several Patriots, including a leather-aproned artisan, while the Boston Tea Party occurred in the background. In fact,
The offender could alternatively be sentenced to remain exposed in a specific public place, in a restraining device.
In the more extreme cases being subjected to verbal and physical abuse from the crowd, which could have serious consequences especially when the hands are not free to protect himself. Some sentences actually prescribe additional humilitation, such as shaving, or combine it with painful corporal punishments
The humiliation is generally intensified if the victim is unclothed (either partially or completely) as the exposure leaves the victim feeling vulnerable and helpless.
Even when not strictly public, humiliation can still be a psychologically "painful" aspect of punishment because of the presence of witnessing peers (such as fellow prisoners), relatives, staff or other onlookers, or simply because the tormentor witnesses how self-control is broken down. This is also true for punishments in class.
Robert Paul Prager
Robert P. Prager Taken from Jail and Strung Up to Tree by 300 Men and Boys After Officers are Overpowered
Robert P. Prager, 45 years old, of Collinsville, Ill., a coalminer, charged with making disloyal utterances against the United States and President Wilson, was hanged to a tree on Mauer Heights, one mile west of Collinsville on the St. Louis road, by a mob of 300 men an boys after he had twice escaped mob violence, at 12:15 o'clock this morning. Collinsville is ten miles northeast of East St. Louis. Prager was taken from the Collinsville Jail by the mob, which battered down the doors. The prisoner was found hidden under a pile of rubbish in the basement of the Jail, where he had been placed by the police when they had learned that the mob was on the way to the Jail. The police were overpowered, there being only four on the night force, and the prisoner was carried down the street, the mob cheering and waving flags. The police were not allowed to follow the mob by a guard which had been placed over them. When led to the tree upon which he was hanged Prager was asked if he had anything to say. "Yes," he replied in broken English. "I would like to pray. He then fell to his knees, clasped his hands to his breast and prayed for three minutes in German. Without another word the noose was placed about his neck and the body pulled 10 feet into the air by a hundred or more hands which grasped the rope. Before praying, Prager wrote a letter to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Henry Prager, Preston, Germany. It follows: "Dear Parents - I must this day, the 5th of April, 1918, die. "Please pray for me, my dear parents. This is my last letter. "Your dear son. "ROBERT PAUL PRAGER." Prager was an enemy alien and registered in East St. Louis.
Prager was marched just outside of town beyond the edge of the police jurisdiction, and in the early morning of April 5, 1918, the mob stripped him naked, wrapped him in an American flag, and hung him from a tree. Over two hundred people witnessed the murder and did nothing to help.
White man lynching in Texas-1929
Posted Monday, Dec. 2, 1929Last year ten Negroes were lynched in the land. Mississippi killed half of them. Louisiana and Texas ran neck and neck for second place with two each. Missouri brought up the rear with one. With five weeks of the year to run, the 1929 score of Negroes lynched stood last week at nine (Florida, three; Mississippi, two; Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, one each), when out of Texas came grisly news of another lynching. But this was a special lynching and did not alter Texas' position on the Black List. Instead of a Negro, the Texans lynched a white man.
On Christmas Eve, 1927, Marshall Ratliff disguised himself as Santa Claus and, with three companions, robbed a bank at Cisco, Tex., killed two policemen. Captured and condemned to death, Robber Ratliff was returned to the county jail at Eastland, Tex., to undergo a sanity test. Eastlanders grumbled at the law's delay. Feigning paralysis, Ratliff last week snatched a gun from Jailor Tom Jones, killed him, but failed to escape.
Next evening the Mob marched to Eastland jail. They dragged Murderer Ratliff from his bunk, stripped him of his clothes, paraded him 200 yards through the main streets to a telegraph pole. A rope jerked Ratliff off the ground, broke, let him down with a thump. Under the code of the Old West, when a lynching rope broke, the victim was freed. Eastland that night did not follow the Old West's code. Fifteen terrible minutes passed before a new grass rope was produced. Up went Ratliff a second time."Maybe he wants to talk," suggested a leading lyncher.
Down came Ratliff again. "Go on! Talk!" shouted the crowd. But the rope was around Ratliff's neck so tight that he could only gasp and sputter."Hell!" cried a lyncher. "He don't want to talk. String him up!"So up went Ratliff for the third and last time. Men, women and children gaped up in silence at his naked body as it swung for two hours in the wind.No one was ever tried in association with the lynching, although a grand jury was formed.
Several thousand persons viewed Ratliff's body the next day at a furniture store in Eastland before Judge Garrett ordered the corpse locked up. Ratliff's family took possession of the body and arranged for a funeral in Fort Worth, with burial at Olivet Cemetery. Many people in Cisco over the years have claimed to have been present at the robbery or related to someone who was, and it is now a part of local folklore.
30 November 2006
Disaster at Agona Duakwa festivalAgona Duakwa (C/R), Sept 23, GNA - Tragedy hit the Agona Duakwa township in the Central Region, when a minibus ran into a crowd trotting on the Swedru/Akim Oda trunk road as part of the activities marking the week-long Akwambo festival in the early hours of Thursday. Ten people, who sustained various degrees of injuries, have been admitted at the Agona Nsaba Health Centre and the Duakwa Salvation Army Clinic.The driver of the minibus whose name was only given as Fiifi, Kofi Kuma and Efuah Kweiba, who had compound fractures on the legs and arms, were referred to the Agona Swedru and Breman Asikuma Catholic Hospitals.
Eyewitnesses told the GNA that the driver was severely manhandled by an angry mob.According to them, the mob also damaged the minibus after manhandling the driver, who was also stripped naked in the process. Mr Emmanuel Essel and Mrs Mary Danso, Medical Assistant and Nursing Officer at the Nsaba Health Centre and the Daukwa Salvation Army Clinic respectively said some of the victims would be referred to hospitals should their conditions worsen. Mrs Akua Nyantakyi, a victim who was a passenger on the minibus told curve in the outskirts of Duakwa leading to the accident. The Agona Duakwa police are investigating the accident.
When I was in Mexico City last November, some people told me this is the strongest student movement in Mexico's history. Whether or not this is true, the strike continues to be heard, lending itself to the river of organized dissent/ As I write, on June 5th, the remaining 6 student prisoners have been approved for release on bail, after demanding to be let go as a group. (There are currently 200 students who have charges pending). Public school teachers are currently conducting their own strike on a national scale. The EZLN is having an official gathering in Mexico City on June 9th, in the midst of threats to "resolve the problem" before the new president is elected in July. Even AeroMexico workers have joined the picket line. And so the struggle continues in the spirit of El Mexe, a Normal School in the state of Hidalgo, where on February 19, 2000, 68 police officers were taken hostage, stripped naked, and hog tied by townspeople, in retaliation for the brutal repression of another student strike. (The officers were later traded for 376 prisoners of the State). As one officer commented afterward, "We always win, but by God, this time we lost." Amen brother.
Monday as police and butchers clashed.
The two butchers killed were part of a crowd of traders that mocked two policemen as they were stripped naked in a market place.
Four policemen and seven others were also injured in the clashes between police and traders.The trouble started when police were trying to arrest two women for causing a public nuisance at the market. The women resisted arrest and stripped the police naked in public view.Police reinforcements arrived at the scene soon afterwards and proceeded to arrest people.
The multiple arrests led to a face-off between the butchers, traders and the police.A butcher was shot when a policeman's gun went off accidentally and this caused his colleagues to descend on the policemen.Gunshots were then fired into the crowd, killing two butchers.The crowd, angry that the two men had been killed by police bullets, attacked the nearby police station, burnt 28 vehicles parked there and released detainees from police cell.Divisional Police Officer at the station, Oyeyemi Adejare, Chief Superintendent of Police, confirmed that 11 of his officers had been injured and that they were receiving treatment at a private hospital.Secretary of the Police Community Relations Committee in the town, Surajudeen Oladele, condemned the police action and said riot policemen had vandalised the house of his 82-year-old father. - Sapa-dpa
Stripping Palestinians has Become Common Practice: Eyewitness Accounts
By Suzanne Russ
November 27, 2002
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (PC) - On Monday, November 25, Israeli soldiers ordered a young resident of the town of Nablus to strip completely naked in the street, according to Palestinian witnesses. Yasser Sharar, 25, was caught violating the curfew in Nablus and was stopped by Israeli soldiers at gunpoint, who immediately ordered him to remove his clothes.
In an interview with Reuters, a witness explained, “They forced Yasser to take off all his clothes including his underwear…they ordered him to walk like a dog and then he burst into tears,” The eyewitness who watched the scene from a few meters away continued, “He kept crying and was in a very stressful situation…many residents, including women watched him and he was very embarrassed.” Israeli soldiers refuted the claim, saying that they merely asked him to lift his shirt, but he voluntarily removed all his clothing to get media attention. The Reuters report also claimed that this is the first time Israeli soldiers have ordered Palestinians to completely strip naked publicly in a security operation. However, recent interviews conducted by the Palestine Chronicle with scores of residents of the Jenin refugee camp contradicted the Reuters claim. Dozens of residents of the refugee camp claimed that during the Israeli invasion of April, 2002, it was a common practice to force residents to strip naked as a form of humiliation, or as the Israelis say, a “security operation.” Na’el Ammar, 43, is a resident of the Jenin refugee camp and explains how Israeli soldiers arrested and detained scores of men from the refugee camp, and forced many to strip naked, “ We were mostly older people, sick and wounded. We had nine handicapped people with us, three were from the same family, sons of Abu Ibrahim. Some of us were too old, they were senile. When they told them “go left” they would go right, but they stripped them naked anyway. I tried to help them as much as I could. I was the only one who spoke Hebrew…Close to us was a group of young men. They were handcuffed, naked and lying on their stomachs. The Israeli tanks would pass by them so fast, only forty centimeters away from their heads.” Nawal Hawashin, a mother of eight, told Palestine Chronicle reporters that they threatened her 18 year old son with death if he did not follow their orders to strip naked, “They ordered my son and other young men to take off all their clothes and throw them on the ground. The soldiers warned that if the boys made any move, they would be shot. Near the Sahah, there was a body of a man with a white beard. He was lying dead on the ground, and tanks were rolling right over him. I couldn’t recognize him. My son Mohammed said, “Mother, I am too ashamed to take my clothes off in front of women.” I told him, ‘Son, this is our fate.” Jamal Hussein has a family of thirteen. A man who worked as a cheap laborer in Israel before the invasion of Jenin described in detail how terrified Jenin residents were gathered in the center of the camp and forced to undress, “Soldiers stationed on the top of a nearby house started throwing dirt on us.. We remained 15 men and boys. Half an hour later a tank came and stood near us. They pointed the canon at us. And they spent over an hour terrifying us that way. The commander of that unit spoke in Arabic to us, “Go to Saha”. While we were on our way, we kept reading Koran. We felt that they were going to execute us. Once we arrived there, we found a large number of men, forced to strip completely naked. There was a big pile of clothes. Soldiers started shooting right above our heads, they would call on us, one by one. Once they pointed at you, you would have to pull your pants down and your shirt up, when it was my turn, as I stood up, I noticed the body of a man, Jamal Sabbagh. It was some sort of a test. If you pass, you are arrested and if you don’t, they’ll shoot and kill you.” According to Jenin residents, Israeli forces were not discriminatory in their aggression, young men, old and disabled were targeted. 45-year old Um Siri lamented how her son was not only forced to strip naked, but how he was later used as a human shield, “Then they took my son, they had him strip naked, and they also started firing between his legs to terrorize him.” Israeli soldiers arrested and detained Um Siri’s son for days, during this time, she did not know if he was dead or alive. Finally she found him in a rescue shelter where he recounted how he was treated, “When I also found my son, he told me that the soldiers took him to a field near the camp with many other young men, he told me that the soldiers had them walk in front of the tanks, as they were looking for fighters.” The vulnerable and elderly, according to residents, were treated just as mercilessly. Um Siri recounted how the women of Jenin tried to come to the aid of some men, forced to stand naked publicly, in the pouring rain, “We passed by the sons of Sheikh Abdel Salam. They were standing there in the rain, after the Israelis had them strip completely naked. There was a woman who came with us. She took her headscarf and tore it to several pieces and gave it to the young men to cover themselves. A very thin old man approached while screaming, ‘My sons, my money, for God’s sake, they took everything!’ The Israelis had him strip naked like the day he was born. Once the women saw that, they started pulling their hair, hitting their heads, and wailing. He has all of his life’s savings with him, because he was worried that he might lose it in the invasion, but when the Israelis stripped him naked, they found the money and took it.” Other residents described how young men were stripped naked and then shot. Yusuf Shalabi, a young man from the camp explained how the Israeli soldiers denied medical treatment to the wounded, “…I remember this nightmare very well. It is very difficult to talk about it. I remember them stripping the people naked, they would handcuff them and blindfold them. I remember seeing two wounded men, one was wounded in the shoulder and the other in the leg. They were screaming in pain and the soldiers would not allow them to be treated. The Israeli army, who according to Amnesty International committed war crimes in Jenin in April of 2002, targeted medical workers as well. They also forced the women to remove their head scarves. Seham Shalabi, a young woman who works in a textile factory in Jenin recounted her memories of those days last April, “An army jeep came and started circling the house, then it opened fire at us. Why would they open fire at us? Then they came and they searched us, and had us walk two by two, out of the camp. Just as we began moving, we saw another group of tanks and bulldozers. We found some doctors and medical workers, forced strip naked, handcuffed. Then they put them in trucks and took them to the Salem detention center. The Israelis started shouting and ordering us to take off our head scarves. Humiliation of medial workers was not only reported by the residents of Jenin, but these events were also narrated by the medical workers themselves. Mohammed Rafi’ the director of the Red Crescent Society’s youth development programs in Jenin recounted how the Israelis held medical workers hostage in the Jenin hospital for days, and then forced them to strip naked as well. “They did not allow anyone in or out. If one of us wanted to leave to the hospital across the street, it would take two hours of telephone calls and deliberation. Ambulance drivers would be forced to wait for two hours with people bleeding inside before they were allowed entry to the hospital, they would take our volunteers or drivers, have them stripped naked, and interrogated and insulted. Of the scores upon scores of interviews conducted by Palestine Chronicle reporters in the Jenin refugee camp, that act of forcing civilians to strip naked was reported time and again. The Israeli army has defended the action, saying that such tactics are necessary to assure that Palestinians are not carrying explosives.
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After a thorough investigation, the Commission’s team reported that seven children belonging to Balmiki Community were humiliated, stripped naked, and paraded in the locality and also beaten up by police personnel. In its proceedings dated 2 May 2000, the Commission accordingly held that the concerned police personnel had abused their power. Apart from exhibiting depraved conduct, the Commission held that the behaviour of the concerned police personnel constituted a gross violation of the rights of the children involved. The Commission therefore directed the Superintendent of Police, Gurgaon to file charge sheets against the three errant police personnel under the appropriate provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act , 1989, to pursue the case diligently and also initiate disciplinary action. In addition, the Commission recommended the payment of a sum of Rs. 20,000 as compensation to each of the seven boys. The Commission also observed that the State Government was at liberty to recover this amount from the salaries of the concerned police personnel.
In this case, the Commission in its proceedings dated 2 May 2000 came to the conclusion that seven children, belonging to the Balmiki community, were humilitated, stripped naked, and paraded in the locality and also beaten up by the police personnel of Gurgaon, Haryana.
22 November 2006
Marcantonio Bragadino who surrendered to theTurks was given very special treatment - it began with the slicing off of his nose and ears. He was whipped daily, given hard and humiliating labour , forced to kiss the earthunder the Turkish general's feet. His teeth were broken and then in Famagusta's central square - flayed alive. His voice , reciting the misere mei Deus ,gradually weakened. He was dead by the time his executioners knives reached his groin. His skin was stuffed with straw , hung from the mast of Mustapha'sflagship and passed in triumph along the Cypriot coast.
Marcantonio Bragadino- Venetian commander <1569-1602>
The admiral Marcantonio Bragadino was a remarkable Venetian commander who defended Famagusta during the wars of XVIe century against the Turks. It was shown compétant and courageous but, at the end of several months of seat, it was obliged to go. The Turkish chief offered honourable conditions to him and Bragadino left the fortress to sign rendering, vêtu dress crimson of its load, accompanied by the officers by his staff and protected from the sun by a large red umbrella from ceremony. The pasha accepted it initially courteously. But suddenly, during the ceremony, Turkish rose of a jump, showed Bragadino of atrocities towards the prisoners and ordered that the Venetian officers are massacred on the spot.The fate of Bragadino, was worse still. With three recoveries, it was about to be decapitated and by refinements of cruelty, one ordered to the torturer to stop. Its nose and its ears were cut, its body was mutilated, and during 10 days it was, each morning, charged with ground baskets, led on the Turkish fortifications and to stop in front of the tent of the pasha where it was to kiss the ground. One hoisted it with the yard of a ship and one let it be balanced there during hours. It suffered all kinds of mocking remarks sadistic and degrading. Finally, it was led on the great place of the city, was stripped, connected with a pile and sharp sectional view in the presence of the pasha. Its skin was empaillée and walked in the streets on a cow, with its red umbrella above him signs derision of it. And when finally the pasha regained in triumph the Gold Horn, this macabre trophy was balanced with the bowsprit of the ship standard.The skin was preserved at the arsenal Turkish of Constantinople. Years later, the Venetian ones took it again, some say bought it and others stole it. One can see today below the bust of Bragadino a small stone ballot box where its yellowed and seamed skin rests, carefully folded, like a handkerchief in a drawer with linen.
October 7, 1571
Near the Gulf of Lepanto
The future author of Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes, served on one of the Christian galleys in what he called the greatest naval sea battle in history and the most important to that time for the safety of Europe. The Turks had been massing an enormous fleet for an invasion of Italy. The preparations began to be reported on many months in advance. It was the year 1571 when that fleet was gathered near a port in Greece, not far from the Gulf of Lepanto.For over a year, Pope Pius V had tried to alert the great powers of Europe to the coming menace. But England, France, and the regional powers of what later became Germany were preoccupied with the turmoil of the Reformation.Only Don Juan of Austria, the bastard son of the king of Spain, was stirred by the danger. Despite his youth, despite his modest standing, Don Juan sent out urgent appeals and eventually gathered a sturdy fleet, outfitted with new warfare technologies invented in the West and rapidly mass-produced by the fledgling ship-building and armament firms of what was later to be called “Western capitalism.” He gathered fleets from Venice and Genoa, from Spain, and from the Knights of Malta. In a deliberately preemptive strike, blessed by the pope, this small fleet set sail to catch the Turkish armada before it left the waters of Greece.The Venetians, on the left flank of the battle line, were especially passionate. Not long before, the Turks had so battered an island port maintained by Venetians (and others) that the Venetian commander, Marcantonio Bragadino appealed for a truce. The Turks promised him and his subjects safe passage — and then took him prisoner, beat him, cut off his nose and ears, put a collar on him, and made him crawl like a dog before the conquering army. In a little cage, he was hoisted up on the mast of the galley so that all in the fleet and on land could see him. Then he was brought down flayed mercilessly, his skin carefully stripped from his body as he died (the skin was later stuffed with straw and sent off to Constantinople as a trophy). Thousands of Venetians and others were slaughtered on the spot, or driven off in captivity for service on Turkish galleys or in Turkish harems.But other elements of the Christian fleets were also angry. For decades now, the Turks had used their near-supremacy in the Mediterranean to make constant raids on the Christian communities near to the sea, and hauled away young women and men for the harems, and stronger men for the galleys.Indeed, many of the galley slaves pulling the oars of the Turkish fleet sailing proudly and confidently into the Gulf of Lepanto were Christians captured in these and other ways. There they were starved, beaten, and living in their own waste, kept just strong enough to pull on the great oars, to which they were chained. Furiously, below decks, some of these galley slaves were struggling to break through their chains once the battle was joined. Finally some did, and rose up from below deck swinging their chains and causing mayhem among already embattled Muslim sailors.
As the Captain of the Venetian forces at the siege of Famagusta on Cyprus in 1571 Bragadin suffered one of the most brutal and painful deaths imaginable, during a period of history that turned out to be very significant in the relationships between the Christian states of the 'West' in Europe and the Islamic empire in the 'East'.
I'm currently reading a 1936 work by H.V. Morton called "In The Steps Of St. Paul", and he recounts the story of Bragadin's death thus:
When the Turks entered Famagusta, this gallant soldier was brought before the Turkish general, Lala Mustafa, who pretended to execute him. He was forced to bare his neck three times to the executioner's sword, which each time was slowly lowered. Eventually, at a sign from the Turk, his nose and ears were cut off. "Where is your Christ now?" asked the Pasha. "Why does He not come and help you?" Those who watched the scene have left accounts in which they tell with what dignity and in what proud silence the tortured man bore himself. For ten days he was forced to carry earth to the ramparts and to kiss the ground each time that he passed the Pasha's tent. Then he was hoisted in a slung seat, with a crown tied at his feet, to the yard-arm of the flagship, and thus exposed to the jeers of the Turkish forces. At the end of ten days Bragadino was led with drums and trumpets to the great square of Famagusta, stripped, tied to a pillar, and slowly flayed alive ... Bragadino's skin, stuffed with straw, was tied to a cow and, with a red umbrella held over it in mockery, was paraded through the town. The tortured body was cut up like meat and portions hung on the gates of Famagusta. When the Turks sailed for Constantinople they tied the stuffed skin of Bragadino to the yard-arm and paraded it round the ports of the Mediterranean.
My sources dispute what happened next. Alberto Toso Fei's "Venetian Legends and Ghost Stories" book claims that the skin was captured from the armoury in Constantinople where it was on display as a war trophy. H.V. Morton claims that it was sold back to Bragadin's sons at a price. Either way the skin of the Ventian captain now resides in an urn set into a marble tribute to him, which features a head-and-shoulders bust of Bragadin and a sculpted relief of his death scene.
Fei's book quotes chronicles of the time describing the skin when it arrived in Venice:
It was folded in the width of a sheet of paper, solid and palpable as if it were a small cloth; you could still see the hairs of the chest attached to it, and on the right hand which had been skinned the unfinished fingers with the nails which still seemed alive...
21 November 2006
Another image shows that the man, an Iraqi prisoner, is naked. His hands are clasped behind his neck and he is leaning against the door to a cell, contorted with terror, as the dogs bark a few feet away.
Other photographs show the dogs straining at their leashes and snarling at the prisoner.
In another, taken a few minutes later, the Iraqi is lying on the ground, withering in pain, with a soldier sitting on top of him, knee pressed to his back.
Blood is streaming from the inmate’s leg.
Another photograph is a closeup of the naked prisoner, from his waist to his ankles, lying on the floor.
On his right thigh is what appears to be a bite or a deep scratch.
There is another, larger wound on his left leg, covered in blood.”
Daily tourist routine was interrupted in Lake Side, the tourist hub in Pokhara, with the spectacle of a Maoist public shaming.
Today the daily tourist routine was interrupted with the spectacle of a Maoist public shaming. A crowd of jeering Nepalis filled the Camp Chowk intersection and surrounding roofs in Lake Side, Pokhara, Nepal’s prime tourist destination. Maoists positioned on the steps of the “S-mart” corner store held up a man in a tattered business suit and smeared his face with black while the large crowd cheered on. It was a supercharged atmosphere. Tourists gathered around the edges of the crowd argued with locals about the rule of law, while all of the Nepali spectators seemed to be calling for blood.
Alexis Bronson, arrested Aug. 5, 2002, for alleged public intoxication, intent to terrorize and battery, said in a lawsuit he filed on his own behalf that he was strip-searched with a uniformed female present. Then, he said, he was "paraded completely naked into the main reception area, in full view of male and female officers, civilian employees, other inmates ... then slammed to the floor face first by force in a 'cold room' with no water, toilet, clothes or bedding ...''
Bronson, 43, a Web designer and computer consultant for small businesses, said in his suit that he was kept in the cell for approximately 12 hours. The district attorney declined to file charges, he said, and he has also filed grievances with the Office of Citizen Complaints and the sheriff's internal investigations unit.
STRIP SEARCH- PHOTOGRAPHED
George Lazaneo and his fiancee had spent the afternoon of March 16 at the movies. Three blocks from their San Francisco home, a driver ran a stop sign and bumped their car.
Fearing the driver would flee, Lazaneo, 38, asked his fiancee to call police. Minutes after their arrival, officers took Lazaneo -- to his astonishment -- into custody.
He later learned why: an old warrant. From 1995 to 1997, Lazaneo managed the Trocadero Transfer, a South of Market nightclub that received numerous noise ordinance citations. When the nightclub closed in 1998, Lazaneo said, he was assured the citations had been dismissed or resolved. Lazaneo was unaware that a no-bail warrant had been issued for him for a noise citation, he said.
At the county jail, Lazaneo underwent a strip search.
"It was just like in the movies," he said. "Take off every stitch of clothing, run your fingers through your hair, open your mouth, do a 360-degree turn, lift the back of your feet, bend over, spread your cheeks, turn back, face the deputy, pull up your scrotum. Then you are issued the jumpsuit."
But minutes after the search, Lazaneo said, he was told to disrobe again so a female jail employee could photograph his tattoos, he alleges in a lawsuit filed last month.
"I covered myself with my hands which they didn't have a problem with," he said. "There are pictures of me naked that I've never seen and I have no idea where they are.''
Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Eileen Hirst said photographing is done for "investigative or classification purposes such as documenting gang tattoos.
... Only the relevant portion of the unclothed body is photographed.''
In Lazaneo's case, none of his tattoos -- one on each arm, one on his neck, one on his lower leg -- is gang-related, said his attorney, Kirk Boyd.
"If they were only photographing his arms and legs, they didn't need to strip him naked and stand him there where they could see his groin,'' Boyd said.
Lazaneo spent the night and most of the following day in custody before his case was discharged.
"It was a nightmare that kept getting worse and worse,'' he said. "I wasn't Mirandized, I wasn't able to make a phone call, I didn't know why I was being held. ... They kept asking about a criminal background that didn't exist.
The feeling I got was that they thought I was a criminal. I tried to be dignified. I didn't raise my voice, I didn't beg."
When he was released late March 17, the first thing he did was buy cigarettes -- he'd quit smoking six months earlier.
"I couldn't believe it happened, it was medieval," said Lazaneo, who now works as a warehouse manager for a wine distributor. "I could have lost my job if I hadn't been able to document this ridiculous story. It was the worst, most degrading experience of my life. For 30 hours, I knew what it was like to feel powerless."
A 22-year-old man, originally from Leupung Sub-district in Aceh Besar District, was arrested on 8 June 2003 and taken to Aceh Besar Police Resort (Polres). There, over the course of four days he was reported to have been beaten with a rifle butt, a rattan stick and leather shoes, kicked, trampled on by some 30 people and burnt with a cigarette. He was allegedly ordered to eat an instant noodle box and swallow a metal bolt nut. He was transferred to Lambaro police station, Aceh Besar. There he was reported to have been kicked, had the muzzle of a SS1 assault rifle placed in his mouth and he was trampled on. On one occasion he was reportedly forced to strip naked and to stand on his head and on another to perform oral sex on a fellow detainee. His hands were crushed using the metal bar used to secure the cell door and his eyes poked with fingers. He was forced to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana. In Keudah Prison in Banda Aceh, to where he was later transferred, he was ordered to run barefoot on hot tarmac with the result that the soles of his feet were burnt. He is since believed to have been put on trial, although the outcome is not known.
FORCE TO STRIP NAKED in public view
In Jamaica, four men were arrested in 1996 for "gross indecency." The men, two of whom were partially clothed, were forced to strip and stand naked in public view until the following day. A mob gathered and threatened the men, who were then taken into custody, raped, and forced to clean other inmates' toilets with their bare hands. After inciting other inmates to attack the men, the police gave the inmates access to the men's unlocked cells. In Jamaica, consensual sex between men is crime punishable by up to ten years in prison with hard labor.
Army Major and Colonel, Stripped beaten and executed
On July 29, 1966, while Major General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi was staying at Government House in Ibadan, northern troops led by Major Theophilus Danjuma and Captain Martin Adamu stormed the building, seized Ironsi and his host, Lieutenant Colonel Adekunle Fajuyi, and subsequently had the two men stripped naked, flogged and beaten, and finally machine-gunned to death. Other northern troops, led by Lieutenant Colonel Murtala Mohammed, the real leader of the counter-coup,
Volunteers stripped naked in front of other volunteers
In November three volunteers at a military camp were seized by the security forces there, stripped naked in front of the hundreds of other volunteers, and had acid poured on their genitals. The forces responsible then shaved the initials, "GMI" (the title of the security forces) onto their heads. The affair was referred to the Police Commissariat in the city of Thiaroye where it occurred.
Indigenous Lynch Corrupt Mayor
On April 26, a crowd of some 10,000 indigenous Aymara residents of the southern Peruvian town of Ilave and the surrounding rural areas of El Collao province, Puno department, lynched Ilave mayor Fernando Cirilo Robles Callomamani. The mob dragged Robles through the streets, beat him with whips and chains, subjected him to a “people’s trial” for corruption and forced him to apologize for his deeds. Robles was badly hurt and died at the scene.
The controversy first erupted in Ilave, a town of 16,000 inhabitants, on April 2 when Robles fled amid accusations of corruption. Critics said he took state money to complete a much-needed local highway and instead of arranging the repairs, pocketed the money. On April 3, some 25,000 residents of the surrounding rural areas arrived in Ilave and shut down transport along the Puno-Desaguadero highway in a general strike to demand Robles’ resignation. Negotiations over the following weeks between government representatives and local residents failed to reach a solution. As of April 22, 15,000 residents were continuing the strike while town council members who opposed Robles sought to remove him from office at a meeting. On April 24, 10,000 people rallied in Ilave’s town square to demand Robles be stripped of his power.
The strike was continuing on April 26 when Robles slipped back into Ilave and tried to prevent his ouster by holding a secret meeting at his home with three loyal town council members. Residents were furious when they found him there, and broke through the fence of the house to bring him out. They beat Robles, dragged him through the streets and forced him up to the roof of the three-story municipal building to apologize to the town via microphone. After a two word apology, Robles lost consciousness, collapsed and died, according to the Lima daily La República (it was not clear whether he also fell from the roof). Protesters then dumped Robles’ body under a bridge. The mob also beat and kicked council members loyal to Robles and two journalists, including the local correspondent for La República. Police tried to regain control of the town later that night but were driven back by the protesters, who seized a police vehicle.
From BBC News
Peru sends police into riot town
Heavily-armed police remove a barricade from an Ilave streetPolice have returned in force to the south-east Peruvian town of Ilave where indigenous people lynched the mayor and besieged the police station.
A convoy of lorries rolled into the main square of the Andean town near Lake Titicaca and 220 officers began restoring order, the government said.
Police had pulled out on Monday after thousands of people attacked their station with petrol bombs.
Impoverished local people have been protesting for weeks about corruption.
Mayor Cirilo Fernando Robles Cayomamani was forcibly paraded through the city in front of thousands of people, many thought to be from outside the town, before being beaten and left to die.
He had been seized along with at least three other officials after refusing to resign in the face of more than three weeks of protests which closed schools and two bridges linking Peru to Bolivia, and severely disrupted economic activity.
Television pictures from the town show a building and vehicle set ablaze on Monday.
Bolivia, June 15 (Reuters) -
Bolivian Indians on Tuesday burned to death a mayor they accused of corruption and dragged his body through the streets in an attack heightening tensions in a nation beset by anti-government protests. Government officials said residents kidnapped Benjamin Altamirano in La Paz on Monday night and drove him overnight to his home in Ayo Ayo, a town of about 7,000 people 56 miles (90 km) from the capital. Officials said he was then burned to death inside his house, with his body later dragged through the streets and dumped in the town square. Witnesses said he was tied up, set aflame in the town square and hung upside down from a lamppost. Provincial Gov. Nicolas Quenta said: "We will not allow a criminal act such as this. The guilty will be punished according to the law." Bolivia is engulfed in its biggest anti-government protests since a bloody Indian uprising last year ousted an elected president. Indian leaders say President Carlos Mesa has failed to live up to promises to help the poor, indigenous majority. Street protests have turned increasingly violent this month. A soldier and a protesting farmer were shot to death in a jungle ambush after the army broke up a road blockade by farmers. But demonstrations have so far been smaller and less widespread than the nationwide uprising last October that killed dozens and forced the resignation of Mesa's predecessor, President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada. Indigenous groups have opposed government plans to export natural gas and cut spending, reflecting a growing perception across Andean nations that a decade of free-market reforms has done little to help millions of peasants. In neighboring Peru, which shares a common Indian heritage with Bolivia, a mayor was also lynched by Indians this year and thousands of farmers and workers have marched to demand better work conditions and to protest against President Alejandro Toledo.
'The inhabitants of Ayo Aoy, a village situated 85 km South East of La Paz got tired of reporting to the authorities acts of corruption against their mayor for almost three years Benjamín Altamirano Calle (NFR), so the 11 villages that make up the municipality decided to burn him alive, but not before subjecting him to humiliation and torture.
Weeks of anti-government protests by indigenous groups in Bolivia took a sinister turn this week, when the mayor of a small town near La Paz was lynched by a group of political opponents and incinerated in the main square. Officials said Benjamin Altamirano, 45, had been beaten to death in Ayo Ayo, about 90 km south-west of La Paz, after being kidnapped from a street in the Bolivian administrative capital on Monday. His charred body, tied to a lamppost in the centre of Ayo Ayo, was recovered by police on Tuesday after the mayor's family reported his disappearance.
This week's lynching mirrors the death in April of a Peruvian Mayor (Fernando Cirilo Robles Callomamani). in Ilave on the Bolivian border, also at the hands of a mob.
Age 26. Married, 2 children. Killed in action: Mar. 28, 2003
As Marine Sgt. Fernando Padilla-Ramirez slogged across southern Iraq chasing the lead elements of the American invasion force, he dreamed of only one thing: He wanted to be a cop. The Yuma, Ariz. native had already secured a spot at the police academy. He even told them to "hold a motorcycle" for him. Fernando had grown up a block away from the local police station in Yuma and, at age 14, joined the youth Police Explorer program. By late March, coalition forces had raced across the Mesopotamian deserts to within 50 miles of Baghdad. Some units had moved so fast that they outran their supply trains. In the face of insurgent attacks and blinding sandstorms, Fernando's unit was charged with speeding supplies northward. But the would be cop and father of two children was destined for a last, ill-fated caper.
On March 28, Fernando had been last seen conducting convoy operations near the killing fields of Nasiriyah. Then he simply vanished. He was listed as missing in action. On the thirteenth day, they found his lifeless body. This time, the "perps" had won - and a silent motorcycle in the Arizona desert would forever remain without its rightful rider.
Marine Sgt. Fernando Padilla-Ramirez26, of Yuma, Ariz.; assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron-371, Marine Wing Support Group-37, Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Ariz.; went missing while conducting convoy operations near Nasiriyah, Iraq. His remains were identified April 10.
Missing Ariz. Marine last seen in convoy
Military officials notify Sgt. Padilla-Ramirez's family Saturday of his disappearance near an Iraqi town.
The Associated PressMarch 31, 2003PHOENIX
A Marine from San Luis who was last seen conducting convoy operations near Nasiriyah was listed as missing yesterday by the Department of Defense.Relatives of Sgt. Fernando Padilla-Ramirez, 26, were notified by the military of his status Saturday and were waiting anxiously for more information, said his mother, Lorenza R. Padilla."We're very sad," she said from her home in San Luis, her voice trembling during a phone conversation. "We're thinking the worst."Padilla-Ramirez is assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. He was last seen Friday, according to a Defense Department release.No other information was immediately available. Officials at the Yuma air station didn't immediately return phone calls seeking comment yesterday to The Associated Press.Padilla-Ramirez was deployed about a month ago, leaving about five days after the birth of his second son, said Padilla. He also has a 5-year-old boy, she said.Padilla said she hasn't spoken to her son since he left but has received news about him through her daughter-in-law.The mother said her son was born in San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico, across the border from San Luis. He was naturalized about two years ago, she said.She said he joined the Marines as a teenager, served for four years and then signed up for another three. He is in the last year of his military commitment, Padilla said.Padilla-Ramirez is one of two Arizona residents listed among those missing in Iraq. The other, Pfc. Lori Piestewa of Tuba City, is a member of the Army's 507th Maintenance Company, which was attacked by Iraqi soldiers March 23
US marine executed and his corpse displayed in Public
US Marines moved into the southern Iraqi town of Shatrah today to recover the body of a dead comrade which had been hanged in the town square, officers said.
Hundreds of troops were dispatched on the operation after intelligence reports indicated the body of a dead American, who was killed in a firefight last week, had been paraded through the streets and hanged in public.
"We would like to retrieve the body of the marine but it is not our sole purpose," said Lieutenant-Colonel Pete Owen, of the First Marine Expeditionary Force.
Military sources said another part of the operation was to arm local militias to fight against members of the ruling Baath party loyal to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Shatrah is some 40 km north of Nasiriyah, where Iraqi forces have been harassing US supply lines and putting up tough resistance for more than a week
Based on the news the marine was part of an air-wing support squadron making its way north late at night when it was hit by rocket-propelled grenades and machine-gun fire. The date of his captured is March 28,2003. Ive search all the casualties in Iraq during that day and found out that 3 marines died that day. I dismiss the posibilities of the other two marines. Sgt.Padilla is included in the convoy operations in the vicinity in Nasiriya.
Below was the circulating news that time:
Marines search for fallen comrade
US Marines moved into the southern Iraqi town of Shatrah today to recover the body of a dead comrade which had been hanged in the town square, officers said.
The Associated Press:
From correspondents in southern
IraqApril 01, 2003
US Marines moved into the southern Iraqi town of Shatrah today to recover the body of a dead comrade which had been hanged in the town square, officers said.Hundreds of troops were dispatched on the operation after intelligence reports indicated the body of a dead American, who was killed in a firefight last week, had been paraded through the streets and hanged in public.
Marine officers dispatched a helicopter to investigate a report that the body of a missing Marine had been publicly displayed in the center of Ash Shatrah, north of Nasiriyah. The Marine has been missing since the 7-ton truck he was riding in went off the road yesterday during an attack on its convoy
The Marine was captured Friday during an attack on a 200-vehicle convoy that was passing through Shatrah on Route 7, on its way north.
Marine Wing Support Squadron-371,
Marine Wing Support Group-37,
Marine Corps Air Station
Marine Sgt. Fernando Padilla-Ramirez was born in San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico, and was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 2001. He joined the Marines as a teenager, serving for four years and then signing up for another three. Padilla-Ramirez was killed in combat March 28. He has a 5-year-old son; a second son was born just five days after he shipped out to Iraq.
He was last seen conducting convoy operations in the vicinity of Al Nasiriyah on 28 March. A search and rescue effort is continuing. March 31, 2003
DOD ANNOUNCES CHANGE IN MARINE CASUALTY STATUS The Department of Defense announced today it has changed the status of Marine Sgt. Fernando Padilla-Ramirez from Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) to killed in action. Sgt. Padilla-Ramirez, 26, of San Luis, Ariz., was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron-371, Marine Wing Support Group-37, Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Ariz. He was last seen conducting convoy operations in the vicinity of Al Nasiriyah on 28 March. His remains were identified on April 10.
Staff Sgt. Maupin, 23, of Batavia, Ohio went missing in action in Iraq on April 9, 2004, when his convoy came under attack by individuals using rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire.A week later, he was shown on a video and identified by family members.On April 23rd, his status was changed from whereabouts-unknown (DUSTWUN) to captured.
CAPTIVE A video image taken from Al Jazeera television on April 16, 2004 shows a U.S. soldier who identifies himself as Keith Matthew Maupin held captive by insurgents in Iraq