November 25, 2001 |
Fabio de Almeida Ramos is a hulking 25-year-old with long eyelashes and a childlike gentleness that has somehow survived a horrific visit to one this city's more notorious prisons. Reluctantly, he tells the story of how five policemen beat him with sticks, how they suspended him in the air by the back of his knees with his wrists tied to his ankles, a torture known as "the parrot's perch." "Things happened that I can't talk about," he abruptly announces. A long and painful silence follows.