obligaban
-they were forcing
The word obligaban is the imperfect form of obligar in the third person plural.
See the full obligar conjugation

obligar

Esos hombres y mujeres nos obligaban a hacer cosas.
These men and women, they would make us do things.
La obligaban a usar un micrófono en el trabajo.
They forced her to wear a wire to work.
Si no, te obligaban a hacer la ronda relámpago.
Otherwise, they forced you to play the lightning round.
¿Tus padres te obligaban a jugar con muñecas?
Your parents forced you to play with dolls?
Las autoridades civiles se obligaban a reconocer al elegido por unanimidad.
The civil authorities would be obliged to recognize a unanimous electee.
Me obligaban a vivir en un tanque.
Day and night. Forced me to live in a tank.
Lo obligaban a hacer estas cosas.
You were forced to do these things.
Ya que me obligaban a elegir una asignatura optativa, elegí ayudar.
Since I was forced to take an elective, i elected to help.
Allí obligaban a la gente a permanecer de pie, a veces, durante días.
The people there were made to stand for, sometimes, days.
Los Acuerdos de Oslo no obligaban a liberar a prisioneros.
There was no obligation under Oslo to release prisoners.
Sí, pero me obligaban a salir.
Yes, but I was forced to march.
Nos obligaban a trabajar todos los días.
We're forced to work everyday.
En esencia, esas normas obligaban a los Estados a no injerirse en las zonas delimitadas.
In essence, these rules obliged States from interfering into areas so demarcated.
Y cuando las circunstancias lo obligaban a permanecer en silencio, su silencio sonaba aún más fuerte.
And when circumstances forced you to stay quiet, your silence was even louder.
El Chad indicó que diversas circunstancias le obligaban a presentar una solicitud de prórroga.
Chad indicated that various circumstances mean it will need to submit a request for an extension.
Nos obligaban a serlo.
We were forced to be.
Efectivos del CNDP inspeccionaban sus registros una vez por semana y los obligaban a compartir los ingresos.
CNDP officials inspected their registries once a week and forced them to share revenues.
Nos obligaban a aprender lo que se les daba la gana, y nosotros empezamos a resistir.
They forced us to learn whatever they wanted, and we began to resist.
No importa si lo querías o no, le obligaban a beber a todo el mundo.
It doesn't matter if you want it or not, they just poured it into everyone.
Si no tenías un trabajo... te arrestaban y... y te obligaban a trabajar.
If you didn't have a job... you got arrested and they... they'd farm you out to work.
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