Monday, October 31, 2005

"We won!"

Dear friends,

thanks to all of you - the President of the Amnesty Comission has received more than 1.500 emails from all over the world! -, after NINE years my process was finally analised by the Comission, which accepted:

1º) to declare officially that I have been banned from the country, in 1971, by the military dictatorship, so I have the status of someone entitled to have the benefits of the Amnesty, which means that all those years that I have worked abroad must count as though I were working here in my country;

2º) to declare that I am entitled to have a pension just like everybody else; the ammount proposed is not as much as we think it should be but, considering the Brazilian situation of international economic slavery, it is not so bad either.

To all of you, my friends, I have to declare very emphatically that I have no intention whatsoever to retire at all, never!!! I still have lots of work to do and I know that many people still need me.

All I was fighting for was my legal right to have a pension, which had been denied by the reactionary dictators who banned me. I was fighting for justice, not only for a certain ammount of money. Now, I am happy: we won. We did, together, what I could not have done alone.

Happy also because my health is slowly coming back. My doctors swear that on my next birthday the 16th of March I will be again 57 and not 75. I am not Molière: I believe in doctors...

Now, my thoughts go to all those people around the world who have not 1.500 friends and have their rights disrespected by their governments. I will never hesitate to give them my support.

Once again, thank you very much. And... please, inform our friends.


Saturday, October 01, 2005


Date: Sat, 01 Oct 2005 10:45:07 -0300
From: Augusto Boal
Subject: process
To: Richard Schechner

Dear Richard,

in our bureaucracy everything is very obscure but we know that my process has moved to a step higher where it will be analysed again and eventually be prepared for voting, if nothing else unexpectedly appears. It is a small step, but in my opinion the direction of the path is more important than the length of the step.... so, in a few weeks more we will see.

Paralel to that, - and maybe it has not any relation to that, maybe it has! - the Executive Power (which is separated from the Judiciary, where my process lies) decided to give me a Medal of Artistic Excellence, on the 8th of November, together with other Brazilian artists. ... Does it mean anything? I don´t know...

I will keep you informed. Fraternally, Augusto