“(Very) Eavesdropped conversation”

It was a very tough night for Martha’s family.
All the time while being imprisoned, Martha was calling someone.
On Monday, April 23, no one of family or friends got a phonecall.
PROBABLY FOR THE FIRST TIME.
The family was worried, because Martha was very emotional about the goodbye.
Martha is always waiting for something, and now… no one knows (there is no date) when her sister will arrive again.

One of Martha’s friends, asked by Martha’s family, called the prison at night, and she was told only that Martha was on the dinner.
On Tuesday, a friend, and Martha’s sister called the prison, asking to tell Martha, that her family is worried, and they await phone call.

First there were several attempts to connect from an undisclosed number.
Finaly Martha could be heard.
She could be heard but with a large delay.
When Martha was asked a question, there was a silence. While asking next question, Martha was answering the previous, speaking simultaneously.
You did not need to hear someone’s breath to be sure that someone else is very much interested in the content of the conversation.

Out of necessity, for these 6 minutes (due to delays – 3 minutes) it wasn’t much of a talk.
The family had heard Martha, but they are certain that something happened on Monday.
It’s impossible that Martha didn’t want to call.
SOMETHING HAPPENED.

Most often the problems arise when the sister leaves.
When the sister is in Ireland, everyone pretend that everything is all right.
Just as the sister leaves Ireland, already on Monday, some strange things start happening.
Mrs Chief also announces that she will talk to Martha after her sister’s visit.

(It was similar with the first trial in the Court – sister left Ireland, when she already postponed the filght date once. Everything was indicating, that the Jury will not make the decision. Just as the sister left – decision was made, and what decision.)

Should Martha’s family come to Ireland more often for Martha’s good?
Or maybe it’s the time for Martha to bid farewell to unfeeling Ireland?

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Delivering of part of things to Martha

On Thursday, Martha’s sister brought her different things she brought from Poland.
What’s unheard of, part of those things was handed to Martha already on Saturday morning!
Of things brought by the sister, the mestrual pads, CDs, DVDs, cosmetics, and towels were not handed to Martha.

Recently, after two weeks Martha was handed things, brought for her by one of her friends: sweeping brush, and a toilet brush.
First, no one wanted to hand them to Martha, claiming that every cell is equipped with such brushes.
But Martha’s cell wasn’t.
Finally they were handed to Martha.
Together with a rosary (we don’t know from who).

Things for which we put the counters on our sites, were still not handend to Martha.
In the counter in which things for prisoners are received, they are starting to have enough of questions asked by Martha’s family and friends, about when will the things brought previously be handed to Martha.
The people there are not guilty of anything. They only take things both for the Dochas Centre women’s prison and Mountjoy Prison men’s prison.
Surprised by not handing things to Martha, one of the officers was bluntly evaluating his colleagues: “F… staff.”

Everyone visiting Martha ask, and will still be asking about the things brought previously.

The counters are still on…
Officers in Dochas Centre go for the record…
(but the record of what?)

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Problems with visits – second day of sisters meetings

After yesterday’s accidental accidental obtaining of information about Martha’s degradation, sisters anticipated further problems. And so it happened today.
For two weeks Martha was checking every day if her sister’s visit is booked.
And it was. The sister was booked for visits on three days.
But changing of Martha’s status resulted in cancellation of one visiting day.
The sister met Martha on Thursday. Friday visit was cancelled. Saturday is planned as new week starts on Saturday (seeing Martha by her sister on Saturday means that no one else can visit Martha until next Saturday)

Both Martha and her sister were, however, very determined.
Martha was asking in the morning. Sister came in visiting time, and was decided to wait as long as it takes. She especially came from Poland for 4 days so she can see her sister for 3 days.

We thank very much to the officer who called Mrs Governor.
We thank Mrs Governor for coming specially to the second gate, and allowing sisters to see each other.

And Martha?
She only had to pass near a boorish prison officer, who spits behind her every time when she walks by (when the officer walks by Martha’s cell, he kicks her door).
And sisters could meet, enjoy each other, and hug.
Supervised under the watchful eye of officers, if they don’t give something to each other, if they don’t write something…

Despite the difficulties – A little bit of warmth on pole of the cold…

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Last minute – GROSS in absentia DEGRADATION of Martha

Not long ago we have posted levels of inmates in Dochas Centre prison in Dublin. We wrote, that Martha has the highest level.
Our sites are observed by prison officers.
Someone suddenly decided to change Martha’s level and further to humiliate Martha, her family and friends.
Today, when Martha checked booking of her sister’s visits, she learned, that her level was lowered from Enhance to Standard.
No reasons were given and Martha was not informed about this.
Nothing was happening, Martha didn’t do anything wrong.
The lowering of level was supposedly because Martha went to the yard in shower slippers. Martha doeasn’t recall anything like that happening.

Degradation of Martha’s level would have it’s impact on all the privileges: lowering payments by €4 a week, but more important are the other things – only one, half an hour visit, and only one phone call daily.

Is this a continuation of Martha, her family and friends being humiliated?
Is this a way of showing, that if Poles will not keep in line, if they will write different sorts of things in the internet, then we, the Irish, will find a way to further discomfort Martha?

Martha’s case causes deep concern in Poland. In the opinion of majority of people in Poland, Martha suffers a glaring injustice.
The Irish society is more divided in their opinions.
One-sided presentation of Martha’s case by the media for the last few years did it’s job.
What’s worse, every action against Martha, even those inhumane, seem to be accepted by Irish society.
Because for them, Martha is a Killer, an Ice Queen Killer.

Recently we have learned, that Mrs Viceconsul wasn’t permitted into the prison, because she didn’t booked herself somewhere. She came specially to the prison, but she wasn’t let in to meet Martha. She came to intervene at the request of Polish citizen.

After publicizing Martha’s case, we have received signals from Poles in Ireland, about the will to organize a demonstration in Martha’s case. We’ve tried to calm, ease emotions.

There are situations, when we start doubting the reason of calm waiting for Justice, Mind and Humanity in Ireland.
But what can we do?
Until medicine will find a cure for Stupidity, Callousness and Stubbornness, we will still try to remain the same:
to value Good, to Stigmatize Injustice.

Martha, remain yourself, even if others more and more debase themselves.

 

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Martha’s tough night – “don’tgivadamnaoboutism” of officers or intentional humiliation?

Things that happen around Martha often make us think: should we write about it or not?
There are different situations. Wo are  more or less appalled by them.
Additionaly our sites are followed by one of Irish newspapers, which cites our posts soaking them with Irish poison. After those articles, Martha gets some complications as a bonus.
Should we stop writing?
Will Martha be better in prison thanks to this? Rather not.

But can we be silent?

The subject is sensitive, and also moving.
On Friday Martha asked for menstrual pads and toilet paper (she must ask for menstrual pads and toilet paper, and then they are brought).
She asked, and waited. She was promised they will be brought.
Later all inmates were closed. Nothing was brought to Martha.

How was Martha’s night?
It was humiliating.
It would seem that Ireland is quite civilized country in Europe. It would seem.
Is it really?
The country is as civilized as civilized are it’s citizens.

Marthahad to survive the whole night… with a towel. No pads and toilet paper.
It’s a small consolation, that the towel was large.
Only the next day toilet paper was brought to Martha.
In the morning, one of the inmates gave Marthe her own pads. We thank her very much.
Besides toilet paper nothing was brought to Martha by the officers.

Should such situations happen in a civilized country?

Why do you think this happened? Select and vote (you can select one answer or provide your own, short)

IRELAND!
If you can’t provide some social minimum to a Polish citizen – set her FREE!

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Martha still doesn’t get the things she was promised – we will put counters on our sites

Martha is still waiting for delivering the things brought for her to prison by her close ones.
The number of things is growing.

On March 8th, her friend brought her an e-cigarette. Bought especially for Martha. So she can quit smoking.
It still, until now, can not be found at prison reception.
Martha’s friend, who brought the e-cigarette to prison, already wanted to come to the prison, to encourage the officers to more perservering search.
Maybe they are overworked, or they have so many things, that it is difficult to find just one of them.

On March 23 a friend of Martha brought her na MP3 player. Martha still didn’t receive it.

The things that Martha waits for for the longest time, are cosmetics. Her sister brought them twice. She brought the on December 8th, 2017, and  on February 3rd, 2018 (it’s good that they have long expiration date, and Martha has large patience treshold).
According to information from the meeting with Acting Chief Officer Kelleher, every person with lifetime sentences were supposed to receive them on April 1st.
And they received them. Everyone…
Except Martha.

Due to such situation we are planning introduction of counters on our sites. How many days Martha didn’t get the her due things.
For all of them Martha has permissions.

One of the counters will also count, for how many days the paintings, which belong to Martha’s sister, are held in prison.

Additional counter will be one counting days of Martha being imprisoned.
In the opinion of many people – INNOCENTLY.

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Better friday for Martha – the sister will come as planned earlier

Friday was already better for Martha.
Two of her friends visited her. They assessed, that Martha is in better shape then lately.

6 letters was delivered to Martha that day. She received letters from Renata (2), Katarzyna, Genowefa, Joanna and Maciej. Those letter made Martha very happy.
It doesn’t change the fact, that the letters were held for a long time by prison officers. (Considering delays in correspondance both to and from Martha, we soon will star posting inormation about current correspondance, and we will be updating it on a regular basis).

Also, this day Martha regained her sweatshirt that was stolen from her in prison. The sweatshirt was bought especially for her by one of her friends. Martha saw, that one of inmates is wearing this sweatshirt. So she asked if this was her sweatshirt? The inmate said that no. They established how this happened, that the sweatshirt went to that person. She gave back the swatshirt to Martha without a problem. She said, that she really wouldn’t want to wear other people’s clothes.
Martha was very happy to get back her sweatshirt.

Martha also defended young Polish woman that came to the prison. She is victimized and ridiculed by other inmates. Her washing liquid was also stolen. Martha de-escalated the situation, and she gave her washing liquid to the young Pole. She also defended the young woman and asked other inmates not to opress her.

It seems that Martha tough “blues” was slightly mitigated.
Martha said she will handle herself. She asked her sister not to come specially to Ireland.
The sister will come in two weeks, and Martha… is counting down to that visit.

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Are we really picking on?

Some say, that as a family of Martha we are picking on everything. That this is impossible for Martha to be treated worse.
Please judge this example.

Martha had drawn a portrait of her sister. She chose large envelope she got from her sister. The largest she had – 35x25cm (13,8 x 9,8in)

EnvelopeMartha’s drawing’s dimensions were 42x28cm (16,5x11in).
The drawing didn’t fit the envelope. So Martha folded it  gently in two places near sides, so the bends won’t come out on the face. After folding, the drawing’s dimensions were 24x28cm ( 9,5x11in) and it fitted the envelope without a problem.

In what state did the drawing arrive to the sister?
Large envelope and the drawing folded into “tiny cube” with dimensions: 12×17,5cm (4,7×6,9in).

folded drawingEverything, including envelope, was folded in half and stuck together using scraps of scotch tape. After opening such large envelope, the sister looked for what else could be in the envelope. She couldn’t believe that such large envelope contained only such tiny “cube”.
First question she asked Martha, was about what was in the consignment.
It turns out it contained only the drawing.
The prison officer did a lot of work. To fold such big drawing into such tiny cube.

Petty thing?
Sure.
But such petty malices, annoyances, “kicks under the table”, prove how she and her family are treated by prison officers in Dochas Centre in Dublin.

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Thank You mrs Vice-Consul from Consular Department of Polish Embassy in Dublin

We thank very much Mrs Vice-Consul from Consular Department of Polish Embassy in Dublin – Mrs Patrycja Grochecka.
We thank you very much for commitment in the case of Martha and for planning a visit in Dochas Centre penitentiary.
For Mrs Vice-Consul to come to the prison, Martha had to personally ask the consulate. Martha wrote a letter on Tuesday, March 27, and passed it for sending to Polish Embassy in Dublin. Martha asked for an urgent meeting
In those hard for Martha moments, such a meeting will surely be needed.

Mrs Vice-Consul as a employee of Polish Embassy, may visit Martha without any problems (just as her attorney).

Will Martha present all of her comments officially during the meeting? Will she tell about every form of discrimination she encounters in Dochas Centre prison in Dublin?

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