Brazil: parents of innocent victim Jean Charles de Menezes interviewed


Commemoration of Jean Charles de Menezes in London

From British weekly The Observer:

‘All we want is justice for our son. That’s all we have left’

As Sir Ian Blair waits for the Crown prosecutors’ report on the Jean Charles de Menezes shooting, the victim’s parents in Brazil will be equally anxious to learn its conclusions.

Tom Phillips in Sao Paulo and Mark Townsend report

Sunday July 16, 2006

It is impossible to miss. As you round the last bend into the dusty hilltop town of Gonzaga, three shiny road signs loom imposingly over the newly paved road.

‘Welcome,’ reads the first, flanked by another, more unexpected, message: ‘The land of Jean Charles – a victim of terrorism in London.’

For travellers who make it as far as Gonzaga, a remote, anonymous town in the hilltops of Minas Gerais, there can be no mistaking the meaning.

Gonzaga’s town hall is determined that its most famous son will not be forgotten, nor the brutal nature of his death.

At its two entrances the sign warns that, in this remote corner of Brazil at least, “we prioritise life”.

A year on from the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes on the London Underground a bitter taste lingers in the mouths of many gonzaguenses.

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