Σάββατο, 8 Μαΐου 2010

ΕΝΟΣ ΛΕΠΤΟΥ ΣΙΓΗ.

ΕΝΟΣ ΛΕΠΤΟΥ ΣΙΓΗ.
από "Τα τραγούδια της αμαρτίας"
Στίχοι: Ντίνος Χριστιανόπουλος
Μουσική: Μάνος Χατζιδάκις
Πρώτη εκτέλεση: Ανδρέας Καρακότας


From: nakisoda16

ΕΝΟΣ ΛΕΠΤΟΥ ΣΙΓΗ
Εσείς που βρήκατε τον άνθρωπό σας
κι έχετε ένα χέρι να σας σφίγγει τρυφερά,
έναν ώμο ν' ακουμπάτε την πίκρα σας,
ένα κορμί να υπερασπίζει την έξαψή σας,
κοκκινίσατε άραγε για την τόση ευτυχία σας,
έστω και μια φορά;
είπατε να κρατήσετε ενός λεπτού σιγή
για τους απεγνωσμένους;
(Ντίνος Χριστιστανόπουλος, Ποιήματα, Διαγώνιος 1992)

Two gay Iranian teenagers -- one 18, the other believed to be 16 or 17, were executed on 19 July 2005 for the "crime" of homosexuality. M.A. and A.M., were hanged on July 19 in Edalat (Justice) Square in the city of Mashhad in north-eastern Iran, on the orders of Court No. 19. The hanging of the teens was also reported by the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
Consensual gay sex in any form is punishable by death in the Islamic Republic of Iran. According to the website Age of Consent, which monitors such laws around the world, in Iran "Homosexuality is illegal, those charged with love-making are given a choice of four deathstyles: being hanged, stoned, halved by a sword, or dropped from the highest perch. According to Article 152, if two men not related by blood are discovered naked under one cover without good reason, both will be punished at a judge's discretion. Gay teens (Article 144) are also punished at a judge's discretion. Rubbing one's penis between the thighs without penetration (tafheed) shall be punished by 100 lashes for each offender. According to Article 156, a person who repents and confesses his gay behavior prior to his identification by four witnesses, may be pardoned. Even kissing 'with lust' (Article 155) is forbidden. This bizarre law works to eliminate old Persian male-bonding customs, including common kissing and holding hands in public." And Outrage, in its release about the gay teens' execution, noted that, "according to Iranian human rights campaigners, over 4000 lesbians and gay men have been executed since the Ayatollahs seized power in 1979. In August 2004, a 16-year-old girl , [Atefeh Rajabi] was hanged [in the Caspian port of Neka] for 'acts incompatible with chastity,' [i.e., sex before marriage] In the case of the two teens hanged in Mashhad, "They admitted having gay sex (probably under torture) but claimed in their defense that most young boys had sex with each other and tdhat they were not aware that homosexuality was punishable by death," according to the ISNA report as translated by OutRage. "Prior to their execution, the gay teenagers were held in prison for 14 months and severely beaten with 228 lashes. The length of their detention suggests that they committed the so-called offenses more than a year earlier, when they were possibly around the age of 16."

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