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O n the right is the picture taken during his autopsy. O n the night of 30 March 1976, in an effort to intimidate his father, the boy was abducted from his home and tortured to death by the police. T h e evidence that he died from torture includes medical certificates indicating that the w o u n d s and burns on his body are similar to those resulting from severe beating and torture with electric shock treatment. O n e of Amnesty's most terrible stories is told by the mother of Tamara (who wishes to keep her identity secret).

Man for several hundred thousand years existed without using torture; only in the last few thousand has it become a weapon of state. According to E g o n Larsen's special study, the great R o m a n and Greek civilizations have left detailed records of their use of torture. Both of them prohibited torture for a citizen, but allowed it to be practiced on others. In ancient Athens a slave's testimony was n o t considered reliable unless he had been tortured. The Christian Church, repelled by the torture of Christians in the hands of Rome, for a thousand years used its great strength in E u r o p e to abolish torture, which until the time of Pope Innocent IV in the thirteenth century was practically u n k n o w n in the Western world.

5 million square kilometers of territory, the country's single railway line, and had great influence in many of Guatemala's most important institutions. Arbenz's experiments n o t only threatened United Fruit, they aroused Washington's fears. S. government was afraid of anything that smacked of communist influence. N o matter that Arbenz himself was clearly n o t a communist and that only four out of fifty-six Guatemalan congressmen were self-confessed communists at that time. T h e Central Intelligence Agency was asked by President Eisenhower to help o v e r t h r o w Arbenz, using as a cover a g r o u p of mercenaries and exiles.

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