Brazilian prisoners have sewn their mouths shut and tied themselves to crosses to protest against their conditions in a Bolivian jail. The 22 inmates of the Palmasola prison in Santa Cruz de la Sierra have also gone on hunger strike.
They told Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper that conditions in the jail are terrible and many of them are in constant fear of being murdered. The prisoners say they will only stop the protest once they receive legal help, food and medicine.
The majority of the prisoners have been arrested for drug dealing and carjacking. A spokesperson for the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations said they were aware of the situation and had already hired a lawyer for the prisoners.
A Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim mother helps her son beat himself with a sword during a ceremony of Ashoura held in Nabatiyeh, March 13, 2003. Shiites in Lebanon commemorate the killing of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, by his rival over 1,400 years ago. More than 150,000 Lebanese packed the streets of Beirut's southern suburbs on Thursday, chanting 'Death to America,death to Israel,' in a mass rally called by Lebanon's Hizbollah guerrilla group. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi
Shiite Muslim men cut their heads with swords during the annual ritual to mark Ashoura Day in the southern Lebanese town of Nabatiyeh, on Thursday March 13, 2003. Hundreds of Shiites in south Lebanon marked the 7th century killing of their most revered saint Imam Hussein, by slashing their heads with blades on the occasion known as Ashoura. Al Hussein was a grandson of Islam's Prophet Mohammed and is a symbol of martydrom for Shiite Muslims. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)