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Detained Brazilian Activist Says, “I'm a Target of a Large and Dirty Political Persecution Campaign”

Written by Paula Góes · Translated by Paula Góes On 5 July 2014 @ 18:10 pm | 1 Comment

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Carta Fábio Hideki, de dentro da Penitenciária

Letter written by Brazilian activist Fábio Hideki, published by Mídia Ninja (CC BY-SA 4.0).

This letter, published by Mídia Ninja collective [1], was written by Fábio student Hideki Harano, one of the two activists arrested in São Paulo [2] after taking part of a demonstration against the World Cup in Brazil on June 26. The Freedom for Hideki [3] campaign ensures popular pressure for his release.

03/07/2014  Fábio Hideki Haramo

Escrevendo de maneira leve e solta, sem pensar elaboradamente digo que não fiz nada de errado pois participar de manifestações de rua, usar equipamentos de proteção e resistir na defensiva, para fazer valer o direito de expressão pública, não é nem um pouco crime.

Estou sendo alvo de uma grande e suja perseguição política. Não neguei revista pois não tinha nada a esconder. Implantaram uma suposta bomba, que só fui ver no DEIC, horas depois de minha detenção.

Sou trabalhador, funcionário público e estudante da USP, gosto de ler, de mangá, de Tokusatsu (seriados japoneses de super-herois), de heavy metal, artes marciais, luta política por um mundo melhor, justo e sem desumanindade.

Sei da importância de lutar. Pratico kentô e sei que só viver de maneira individualista não leva a um mundo melhor. Assim, participo sim de sindicato, apoio determinados movimentos sociais como MTST e o MPL. Sei que lutar, sem briga, nas ruas é importante. Participo de manifestações sem partir para agressões.

Tanto é que meus pais e meus avós sabem com tranquilidade que não faço lutas erradas.

Writing freely, without too much thinking, I can say that I have done nothing wrong, considering that joining the street demonstrations, wearing protective gear and resisting defensively to assert the right of public expression is not the slightest crime.

I am target of a large and dirty political persecution. I did not avoid being searched because I had nothing to hide. They planted a supposed bomb, which I only saw at the [estate police station] DEIC hours after my arrest.

I'm a worker, a public servant and a University of São Paulo student, I like reading, manga, tokusatsu [Japanese superhero series], heavy metal, martial arts, and a political fight for a better, fair world without inhumanity.

I know the importance of fighting. I practice Kento and know that just living in an individualistic way will not lead to a better world. So, yes, I participate in the workers’ union, I support certain social movements such as the Homeless Workers Movement and the Free Fare Movement. I know that fighting in the streets, without aggression, is important. I take part in demonstrations but do not take part in violence.

So much so that my parents and grandparents know with confidence that I do not fight wrong causes.


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URLs in this post:

[1] Mídia Ninja collective: https://ninja.oximity.com/article/Ativista-F%C3%A1bio-Hideki-escreve-nov-1

[2] two activists arrested in São Paulo: http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/poder/2014/06/1475354-manifestantes-detidos-sao-transferidos-para-a-cadeia-em-sao-paulo.shtml

[3] Freedom for Hideki: http://liberdadeparahideki.org/

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