Shrine to murdered Jean Charles de Menezes must stay, family says


From London daily News Line:

SHRINE MUST NOT BE REMOVED – DE MENEZES FAMILY

LONDON Transport plans to get rid of the shrine to murdered Brazilian man Jean Charles de Menezes as part of a ‘redevelopment’ of Stockwell tube station.

Jean Charles was held down and shot seven times in the head by armed police on a tube train at the station on July 22, 2005.

The Jean Charles de Menezes Family Campaign said tube managers had told them they now want the shrine next to the station, which is looked after by local people, to be removed.

A mural of Jean Charles close to the station was painted over in November 2005.

A spokesman for the Justice4Jean campaign said: ‘Transport for London have said they want to redevelop the Tube at Stockwell and we don’t mind moving the shrine, but we don’t want to get rid of it altogether.

‘The mural over from the Tube was painted over and it just seems like people are trying to forget what happened.’

Jean Charles’ cousin, Alex Pereira, told News Line: ‘We have to meet them and discuss this. We want to keep the shrine there to remind people that our questions haven’t been answered.’

Tube bosses have suggested putting a plaque inside the station instead.

A Transport for London spokesman said yesterday: ‘London Underground recognises the desire of the family and friends of Jean Charles de Menezes to have a permanent memorial at Stockwell station.

London Underground has been in discussions with representatives of the family and these discussions are ongoing.’

Update: here.

Friday’s announcement that the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes will not face punishment has been condemned by his family and campaigners as biased and flawed: here.

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