Three prisoners escape from Forum 2004
1 September 2004, BARCELONA - Three prisoners used their specially organised appearance at the Forum 2004 cultural festival in Barcelona to escape, it emerged Wednesday.
1 September 2004
BARCELONA - Three prisoners used their specially organised appearance at the Forum 2004 cultural festival in Barcelona to escape, it emerged Wednesday.
Sources from the regional Justice Ministry said the prisoners, from three jails in Barcelona, were supposed to be performing in plays but used the trip to escape.
The identities of those prisoners have not been revealed but they were completing short sentences and are not said to be dangerous.
They were being held at the Quatre Camins and Trinitat jails.
Two were being held in jails as young offenders, the third was being held in an adult prison.
Meanwhile, Antonio Jiménez, one of the prisoners who took part in a theatrical production organised by the Forum, said: "I am not scared to go out on the street and am keen to get into theatre when I am released."
He was part of a group of prisoners who had worked on a production for a year. They performed a dramatized reading.
Another group performed poetry, hip-hop and dance. A third group performed a play based on the history of Ghana.
More than 800 prisoners have taken part in theatrical productions as part of the Forum.
Forum 2004, is a cultural festival, which started in May and comes to an end this month.
It has attracted controversy as critics claimed though its themes are peace, sustainable development and cultural diversity, it has more to do with promoting the hoteliers and developers in Barcelona than the Third World.
Organisers refute these claims and say they have combined cultural diversity with discussions about a wide range of issues.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news