Magazine article The Progressive

The Tiger Cages of South Vietnam

Magazine article The Progressive

The Tiger Cages of South Vietnam

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October 1970

With a great stroke of luck, we ere able to find the tiger cages. The conditions in the cages can only be described as inhuman. Each cell is about five feet wide, ten feet long, and ten feet deep. Into each cell are crowded as many as five people, with no fresh air, no sanitary facilities, no water, and no direct sunlight. Many of those in the cages have their ankles shackled to an iron bar about two feet off the floor. They are sometimes kept this way for months and years. None of the men could stand because their legs were paralyzed from being shackled and beaten. Colonel Ve admitted they couldn't walk, but he attributed it to infantile paralysis. When I asked him why they were shackled, he said it was to keep them from breaking out at night. …

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