A Lesson In Torture For Young Maritime Workers

They're not Iraqis but Irish, but what Gerry Conlon and Paddy Hill suffered under the British prison system rivals Abu Ghraib

"They made me strip naked then all gathered round and took turns pissing on me," Gerry Conlon, Guildford 4 told the 70 young maritime workers attending the youth conference in Brisbane yesterday.  "They all spat on me and they all slapped me and then they marched me naked to a cell that had no windows in it.  'Stand up you dirty murdering Irish bastard' they said.

"They'd bring in policewomen and encourage them to grab my testicles and twist them and pull on them and spit on me. It was all part of the humiliation."

 Gerry Conlon and his wharfie dad were 'fitted' for the terrorist bombings  in Guildford in 1974.  They were kept in prison even after the real bombers were found.  They were tortured. 

Gerry and Patrick Hill, Birmingham 6 are touring Australia courtesy of the WA Branch of the MUA to promote  the Miscarriages of Justice Organisation (MOJO) a human rights group they set up to assist innocent people both in prision and after their release.

Patrick and Gerry will also speak in Sydney and Melbourne union rooms in December.

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