away. The police descend on the spot, looking for demonstrators,
angrily shaking their heads and walking arrogantly off stage saying, “We
will catch them next time,” and exit stage. [Need 12 foot sheet of
butcher paper with large lettering, or several pieces of poster board
reading: “Torture Happens Here.”]
Pots and Pans in Chile. Setting: Narrator: “Chileans had suffered
through the dictatorship of General Pinochet for years, with family and
friends frequently disappearing to be tortured or even killed, as we
mentioned previously. Finally members of the opposition started a
whispering campaign, telling people to pass the word around: ‘At 8
o’clock on Saturday night, people are going to bang their pots, honk
their horns, and blow on whistles, to indicate dissatisfaction with the
Pinochet regime.’ (Pot bangers who have previously been moving
throughout the audience whispering “bang pots at 8” watch for signal
from leader, then at 8, all spring to feet and start banging. The rest
of the audience are urged to clap, stomp feet, bang books on chairs,
whatever they can find.) People are hesitant at first, for fear that
they will be the only ones doing it. But as the banging became louder,
and louder, and louder still, they begin to pour out their anger and
despair and resistance. (At some point the leader signals “Stop.”)
Narrator: “People had no idea that the dissatisfaction ran so deep.
That moment was the beginning of the end for Pinochet’s dictatorship.
In only a matter of months, the Pinochet regime was voted out of
Wife Batterers. Setting: [Make some kind of slum houses out of
cardboard.] “In Peruvian barrios, where the homes are crowded tightly
together and their walls provide little by way of privacy, the women
have found a brilliant way to counter the ages long practice of male
violence toward wives.”
Drunk husband comes lurching into house, shouts at wife: “Bring my
Woman: “You missed dinner when you were at the bar. But I will put
Husband: “I said I want it NOW! [He starts slapping her around.]
Neighboring women begin banging on pots.
Husband covers his ears and runs out of house.