Ms Gotoh, student activist of Osaka City University, who is prosecuted
for demonstrating in Hosei University on May 29, was confined in "protection
cell" of the Tokyo Detention Center, from November 21 to 24.
When she was taken to the cell, she was dropped on the floor from her
head. Moreover her arm stuck out of the small window was pinched and twisted.
While in the "protection cell", she was not allowed to call
her lawyer nor brush her teeth. Her top, socks and glasses were ripped
and she was neglected in coldness with thin blanket only. Even the stuffs
for her lawsuit were forbid. Moreover, she had more tortures. Her meal
was scattered on the floor and the water of the toilet was stopped. "Protection
room" is a complete confinement room for torture by Tokyo Detention
Center, without any human rights.
Denounce the neglect and torture by Tokyo Detention Center! They are
hounded by 19detainee's great struggle! Let's get back them now! Hear
the trial and encourage Ms Gotoh!
■Lynching to Ms Gotoh
The day after she got out of "protection cell", she wrote a
letter to her lawyer to tell what had happened.
November 21, head of the ward came to her cell to answer for her "objection
to the jail director." She had objected these four points.
1.Admit to put thing from Shinjuku Jail to the cell or to send in. For
example, liquid for contact lens.
2.At court, many male staffs squeezed me and pulled up my leg. Stop such
sexual harassment. When male staff is entering the cell for check, let
me know beforehand in order to finish my business, change clothes and
to put away my underwear hanging.
3.Demand again to "chart my injury at court", which I insisted
at the meeting with the head of the ward.
4.Slow down the speed of the bus between the jail and the court.
President's answer to these objections was nonsense. "These are
mere desire. We conclude disposing without decision." And he said,
"If you have something, state again with letter" and he tried
to go back. So she asked, "I don't understand what you mean."
He answered, "Use dictionary" and continued "It means that
we do nothing." When she protested saying "Open the door and
speak", the head shouted "Shut up!" and "Protection
Then, about eight staffs waiting at the door pulled up her arms and legs
and took her out of the cell. The head filmed this by a video camera.
First she was taken her face up. But in the middle of the corridor, with
a shout of "Face on!" she was dropped from her head. She was
so shocked that couldn't response. In addition, they twisted her arms
to back and took to the "protection room."
■Neglected in coldness without
top and socks
She was taken to the room by force. When she protested and shout "Ouch!
Stop!" staff pushed her neck with his elbow. And she was pushed down
and her top, socks and glasses were ripped off. She was neglected in coldness
with T shirt and pants only. Her feet were bare. No matter how hard she
tried to shout "Call the Rescue Contact Center!" and knock the
door, no one answered.
After some time, a doctor came in. She said "Everywhere hurts. I
was dropped from head and sat astride." But he answered "Isn't
it because you struggled?" Her demand for her glasses was neglected.
"That's none of my business."
■Meal was scattered on the floor
■Arm stuck out of the small window was pinched and twisted
When the meal was put in from the small window, staff said "Take
your meal! If you don't, it will be dropped!" A black box with meal
was dropped. Milk was scattered and rice was upside down. They forced
her to eat noodle by a paper spoon. "Oh, you aren't finished?"
They dropped blanket on the meal.
Ms Gotoh demanded "Call my lawyer! Take me to hospital! Give me
my glasses!" and stuck her arm stuck out of the small window. But
her arm and fingers were pinched and twisted by several staffs. "Ouch!!!"
she screamed. The head joined to pinch her arm by window and pushed it
in direction that cannot pull in.Finally, blanket was pushed in and the
window was closed.
When she pushed a button, which seemed to flush the toilet, she noticed
that it was a call button. She called the staff to bring her glasses,
toothbrush, top, socks and to call her lawyer and doctor. She wanted pen
and paper to contact lawyer, but the staff said "You aren't allowed
to. That's what this cell for."
Later two doctors came but ignored her appeal of pain of head and body.
And they left her in coldness with two blankets, a thin mattress and a
■Continued neglect: the water
of toilet stopped
First day at the room, a guard told her that "What you can do today
is to sleep. The rest is tomorrow." So next morning, she requested
the staffs for lawsuit, clothes and socks. Usually every morning, accused
people in cells can request things. Staffs visit each cell and the accused
can ask for message or shopping. Ms Gotoh wanted medicine for chilblain
but refused. Her all requests were refused. "That's after you get
out." She protested that forbid of staffs of lawsuit is nuisance
to lawsuit. He said "This cell is that sort."
In the "protection cell", you cannot flush toilet by yourself.
However, no one comes after hours pushing the call button. "Flush
the toilet! Supply water! Give me toilet tissue!" No matter how she
knocked the door, staff out of the room ignored. "I know that you
are there! Stop ignoring me! You're just punishing me! Think about me
that facing toilet that won't flush for all day! What about sanitation!"
Some time after protest, only the toilet flushed. "Supply water!
Give me toilet tissue!" was ignored.
She asked "Why I'm put into this room?" and he answered "Ask
such thing after you get out." "What purpose is this room made
for?" "That has nothing to do with you now." Another staff
answered "To protect you." In brief, room without any law is
made in Tokyo Detention Center.
November 25, fourth day, at 13:40, the staff said "Get out. We will
inquire after about your protection." They confined for four days
and aiming for more punishments. There is nothing about such room in the
pamphlet "Dos and Don'ts in Jail."
While in the "protection cell", any invasion of human rights
is justified and attitude of staffs change suddenly. "Protection
cell" is what the Tokyo Detention Center really is. They put who
don't obey and who they dislike into there and let them understand by
not words, but by pain and violence.
All responsibility lies with the head judge of Tokyo District Court.
Surround the court by the power of solidarity and get back 19 detained