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language of Descartes, but using rather earthy a vocabulary: "You shit on us, so we're going to shit on you and kick your ass out of here."

After that I resigned myself to my fate, and waited patiently until evening, when the office closed and I was released as on the previous day.

Meanwhile, at my instigation, Mandereau made a formal request for a confrontation between Barbie and Mme. Halaunbrenner. Barbie, of course, stubbornly refused, and Tapia told Mandereau on Wednesday morning that it would be impossible to force Barbie to consent. Barbie's refusal was significant. As far as meeting him myself, I did not see what good that would do, any more than I would have benefited from meeting any of my other adversaries.

Consequently, we tried to start a legal action against Barbie, in which Mme. Halaunbrenner would sue him as an individual for the murder of four of her family. The first lawyer we approached, Jaime Mendizabal, had been one of Regis Debray's defense attorneys, but after due consideration he turned us down for political reasons: his brother was in the government (later his brother would be dismissed and he himself would be arrested) . The second, Manuel Morales Dávila, agreed, and began proceedings by registering Mme. Halaunbrenner's plea with a notary. Then he told us his fee: $7,000. Since such a charge was clearly an attempt to restrain us, I told the press that "Bolivian justice is too expensive for us." They frequently repeated to me in La Paz the proverb: "Beware of Chilean women, Peruvian friends, and Bolivian justice."

On Saturday we went with our Jewish friends to Lake Titicaca for a rest before undertaking our protest demonstration. That morning I had bought chains and two padlocks.

On Monday morning, March 6, I got our passports in order, procured an exit visa from the Ministry of the Interior, and reserved seats on the 8 P.M. flight to Lima. About noon we fastened the chains around our waist and wrist. We carried two signs in Spanish. Mme. Halaunbrenner's had the picture of her family on it and the message: "Listen, Bolivians! As a mother I only claim justice. I want Barbie-Altmann, who murdered my husband and three of my children, brought to trial." Mine said: "In the name of the millions of Nazi victims, let Barbie-Altmann be extradited." A reporter had translated these texts into Spanish for me.

We headed for the offices of Transmaritima Boliviana, of which
    
   
 
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