From British daily The Morning Star:
Tuesday 17 March 2009
THE B-side of the new Pet Shop Boys single was written about Jean Charles de Menezes, it was revealed on Tuesday.
We’re All Criminals Now is the second track on the Love Etc CD and includes the lyrics “Got the bus to the station/Music playing in my head/Ran to get on the Tube train/Police shoot someone dead.”
The evergreen electro-pop duo said the song was a comment on the erosion of civil liberties.
Neil Tennant said: “The B-side of the single is about the shooting of Menezes and surveillance cameras and how when you go to the USA you have to give your fingerprints like a common criminal.
“We’re all treated like that, but yet it ends up with someone innocent getting shot, so we feel very strongly about that.”
Mr de Menezes, an electrician from Brazil, was shot dead by two police marksmen on a train at Stockwell Tube station in south London on July 22 2005 after he was mistaken for failed July 21 bomber Hussain Osman.
An inquest jury returned an open verdict in December after hearing three months of evidence.
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