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(中英文版)前政治拘留者、社阵中委陈美和老同志访谈视频录像

转载自:https://www.facebook.com/function8ltd/videos/932891633554478/?fref=mentions

陈美和,前社会主义阵线(简称‘社阵’党员)和《铁窗内外——记那段万苦千难的日子》作者。他是于1966年10月26日被捕,并于1973年7月3日获得有条件释放的。(见网址:《人民论坛》:《铁窗内外》https://wangruirong.wordpress.com/2015/05/30/

陈美和与其他许多人是在1966 年10月那年被捕的。由于他们参与了当年反对美国狂轰滥炸越南以及使用凝固汽油毒气弹,造成了许多越南人民牺牲或者伤残,农田里的农作物在这场 战争中被摧毁了。

国会议员谢太保也在1966年10月的这场大逮捕行动中同时被捕了。他在不经审讯下被监禁了32年。根据陈美和的叙述,谢太保在被捕时遭受了虐待和经历了在空调室站立96小时的疲劳审讯。

1966年10月谢太宝被捕

政治拘留者在被监禁期间,面对着虐待、强迫上电视台发表“自白书”和在中央警署里遭受恶劣的待遇。为此,在章宜监牢的全体政治犯被迫于1967展开了一场绝食斗争。左翼组织的支持者和政治拘留者家属在章宜监牢围墙外进行抗议集会支援他们的绝食斗争。当时警察采取了暴力行动逮捕了参与抗议支援斗争的群众。被捕的群众超过了300人。随后,他们许多人被控告上了法庭。

平仪中学 临时法院现场

在1970年,被监禁在章宜明月湾监牢的女政治拘留者展开了绝食斗争反对不合理和严厉的监牢生活条件——食物不足、缺乏阅读书籍和强制性的劳动。陈美和参加了这场135天的绝食斗争,监狱当局最终接受了政治拘留者提出的条件。这场政治拘留者进行的绝食斗争的实际天数是146天。这是新加坡监牢史上历史最长的绝食斗争。(见网址《人民论坛》:《铁窗内外》https://wangruirong.wordpress.com/2015/05/30/)

监牢当局面对着许多政治拘留者已经处于死亡边缘的情况下终于被迫让步。

应当感谢当年进行这场绝食斗争的政治拘留者。今天在监牢里的政治拘留者已经不再被迫进行劳动和允许续阅读书籍及获得食物的改善。

Tan Mei Hua (陈美和), a member of Barisan Sosialis and a writer today, was arrested on 26 Oct 1966 and released on 3 July 1973. (related website:《人民论坛》:《铁窗内外》https://wangruirong.wordpress.com/2015/05/30/)



Tan Mei Hua together with many others were arrested in October 1966 because they had protested against the United States daily bombing of Vietnam and the use of poisonous gas, Napalm on the population. Thousands of Vietnamese died or were injured and vegetation and crops were destroyed during the Vietnam War.

Elected Legislative Assemblyman Chia Thye Poh was also arrested in October 1966 and was imprisoned for 32 years without trial. According to Tan Mei Hua, Chia was subjected to severe torture and continuous interrogation for 96 hours in the cold room.

Chia Thye Pohwas arrested on Oct. 1966

Torture, forced television confessions and ill treatment inside Central Police Station and Changi Prison as well as the forced closure of registered trade unions led Tan Mei Hua and many others to go on a hunger strike in 1967. Supporters and family members protested outside the prison gate. Violence broke out when police used force against more than 300 protesters. Many were subsequently charged in court.

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In December 1970 several women prisoners commenced a hunger strike to protest against unreasonable and harsh prison conditions – inadequate food, absence of reading materials and forced labour. Tan Mei Hua joined the hunger strike for 135 days. The prisoners were force fed. The entire hunger strike lasted 146 days, the longest in Singapore’s prison history.(related website:《1970年12月15日至1971年6月27日新加坡政治犯进行绝食绝饮都146天》https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKq9gF1lAMo&t=2s

 

The prison authority relented after many of the prisoners were on the verge of death.

Thanks to the hunger strikers, political prisoners today are exempted from forced labour and are permitted reading materials and food.

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