On 7 August 2012 at 3am, navy soldiers broke into Claudia Medina’s home in Veracruz City. Her hands were tied and she was blind-folded before being put in a pick-up truck and taken to the local naval base.
Claudia was accused of being a member of a violent criminal gang which she denied. According to her testimony, she was given electric shocks before being beaten and kicked. Afterwards, she was tied to a chair and left in the scorching afternoon sun.
A prosecutor interrogated Claudia and a marine pressured her into signing a statement that she wasn’t allowed to read. Later that day, state authorities presented Claudia and the other detainees in front of the media, announcing the arrest of dangerous criminals caught in the act of committing serious offences.