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  • n. a form of torture in which the soles of the feet are beaten with whips or cudgels


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  • Case files showed that 25 suspects arrested for alleged theft were assaulted, with 17 being beaten on the soles of their feet, a torture common in Zimbabwe known as falanga, it said.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • There was no sound — which lent merciful distance to what it showed: the interrogation of some unidentified middle-aged man, undergoing falanga, mostly (beatings to pulp the feet), though the session culminated in anal rape with a stick.

    Watching Torture

  • The policies of the “falanga” the Spanish fascist party which Franco technically lead failed miserably in the years immediately following the end of the Spanish Civil War.

    Applause for Spain

  • It contains first-hand evidence about the falanga and other ghastly forms of torture that the Greek police are inflicting on men and women held, without charge or trial, as political suspects, i.e. as possible opponents of the military regime.

    Sunny Greece

  • The kneeling routine was in addition to long bouts of the falanga - beating the soles of the victim's feet, a method of torture perfected over recent years in Zimbabwe.


  • Ms. Mukoko, whose nonprofit group has documented rampant state-sponsored attacks on opposition supporters before the election, described lengthy assaults on the soles of her feet, a form of torture known as falanga.

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  • Mukoko and Takawira reported they were both subjected to falanga.


  • Torture and other assault methods commonly reported included beating victims with sticks, whips and cables; suspension; burning; electric shock; and falanga (beating the soles of the feet).


  • "The women endured various forms of torture, including beatings with a variety of instruments ... baton sticks, booted feet, wooden planks, being slapped, and falanga (beatings on the bottom of the feet," Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA said in a report.


  • Franco purged the “falanga” out of his government in the early 1960’s.

    Applause for Spain


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