Jean Charles de Menezes’ cousin interviewed


This music video from Belgium is called Roger Waters – The Ballad of Jean Charles de Menezes [HD] live 20 7 2013 Werchter Belgium.

Another music video from Britain used to say about itself:

Burning Clouds exclusive live performance of ‘Jean Charles de Menezes’. This is a protest song written about the circumstances surrounding the murder of a 27 year old innocent man shot 7 times in the head at Stockwell tube station, London. We hope this film/song will help raise more awareness of the ongoing fight by the De Menezes family to bring his killers to justice.

From wsws.org:

Britain: Cousin of Jean Charles de Menezes—“We fear another cover-up”

By our correspondent

24 September 2008

Patricia da Silva Armani is the cousin of Jean Charles de Menezes. She spoke to the World Socialist Web Site on the eve of the coroner’s inquest convened into the innocent Brazilian’s brutal murder by a police gun squad.

On July 22, 2005, Jean Charles was shot to death on a tube train at Stockwell station by an anti-terrorist unit that was investigating the failed explosions on London’s transport system the previous day.

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UK: report on police killing of innocent Brazilian De Menezes


This video is called Why – Dedicated to Jean Charles de Menezes.

From British daily The Guardian:

De Menezes shooting: UK’s top anti-terror officer is singled out

· Final verdict on two-year saga
· Met chief Blair is cleared
· Report criticises Hayman

Sandra Laville, crime correspondent

Wednesday August 1, 2007

The country’s most senior anti-terrorist officer will be heavily criticised in an official report published tomorrow into the events surrounding the killing of an innocent Brazilian man in south London, the Guardian understands.

While Sir Ian Blair, the commissioner of the Metropolitan police will escape serious censure from the Independent Police Complaints Commission over his role, Andy Hayman, the overall head of counter terrorism and intelligence, is understood to have been singled out for being deliberately misleading.

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Update October 2007: here. And here. And here. And here.

Roger Sylvester killing: here.

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.

Brazilian family of Jean Charles de Menezes, killed by UK police, angry


Jean Charles de Menezes murdered, demonstration

From British daily The Guardian:

Officers who shot Menezes to go back on duty

Brazilian’s family shocked at ‘hurtful’ decision · Deliberations continue over disciplinary action

Hugh Muir

Saturday, July 29, 2006

The family of Jean Charles de Menezes, the innocent man shot dead by anti-terrorist police in the aftermath of the London bombings, reacted angrily yesterday as Scotland Yard announced that the two officers concerned will return to “full operational duties”.

Promotion of De Menezes case police officer: here; and here.

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Amnesty International on De Menezes: here.

Art on De Menezes censored: here.

Liberal Democrat: De Menezes’ ‘state execution‘.

Brazilian De Menezes killed by British police


This video is called JEAN CHARLES (Henrique Goldman, 2009) – Full Movie.

From London daily News Line:

Tuesday, 21 February 2006

‘WE CAN’T GET JUSTICE!’ – Jean de Menezes’ cousin

‘The whole thing is a mess,’ Alex Pereira, the cousin of Jean Charles de Menezes told News Line yesterday.

He was responding to reports that the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has failed to identify Special Branch officers who allegedly doctored evidence.

Pereira added: ‘I no longer believe we are going to get justice over Jean’s death.

‘I believe the police made everything up and the IPCC has a false basis for their investigation, so how can they show the truth?’

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is expected to ask the IPCC – which conducted a five-month investigation into the police shooting of the innocent young Brazilian – to do more work on the suspected doctoring of Special Branch surveillance records.

Leaks from the IPCC report, which the family have not been allowed to see, quote investigators as saying they have unearthed evidence of a ‘blatant and clumsy attempt’ to change a police log entry.

This had noted that de Menezes was positively identified as the terrorist suspect, Hussein Osman.

The phrase ‘It was Osman’ was allegedly changed to ‘And it was not Osman’.

Alex Pereira added: ‘what the police wrote after Jean Charles’ death is wrong.

The story is a fake showing that the Special Branch falsified evidence.’

Menezes family hails British Blair inquiry


Cousin of De Menezes at Stockwell tube stationFrom London daily News Line:

Tuesday, 29 November 2005

‘THEY ARE GOING TO PAY FOR THEIR LIES!’ – Menezes family hails Blair inquiry

‘This will be the start, they are going to pay for all their lies, all the shootings,’ Alex Pereira, the cousin of Jean Charles de Menezes told News Line yesterday.

He said: ‘I am very happy Commissioner Blair is being investigated, he should resign’.

Pereira was responding to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) confirmation that it is beginning an investigation of the conduct of Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian Blair and his officers, after the police murder of unarmed young Brazilian electrician, De Menezes at Stockwell Tube last July 22nd.

Alex Pereira added to News Line: ‘We asked the IPCC to do that a month ago.

‘Commissioner Blair showed us no respect.

‘At 3.30pm when he made his statement he knew that my cousin was a Brazilian and not a terrorist.

‘He made a false statement.

‘He has to answer why no-one went to Jean Charles’ house to give us the news of his death.’

England: a victory for Jean Charles de Menezes Family Campaign


Cousin of De Menezes at Stockwell tube stationFrom London daily News Line:

Saturday, 19 November 2005

INVESTIGATE MET BOSS BLAIR – IPCC urges Home Secretary

Jean Charles de Menezes was murdered by the police at Stockwell tube on Friday 22nd July.

The Jean Charles de Menezes Family Campaign issued a statement yesterday claiming a victory in their fight for the full truth about the police murder of the innocent young Brazilian.

The statement said: ‘The Jean Charles de Menezes Family Campaign expressed their delight this morning at news reported in the Guardian that the Home Secretary is planning to approve a separate investigation by the IPCC into the conduct of Sir Ian Blair following the killing of Jean Charles by police forces at Stockwell tube station on 22nd July 2005.

‘The request for an investigation follows a letter of complaint from the Menezes family to the IPCC on 11 October claiming that Ian Blair had misled the family and the public immediately after Jean’s death.

‘Patricia da Silva Armani, cousin of Jean, who lived with him in his flat in Scotia Road, Tulse Hill said: “This is a great step forward in our campaign for justice. I am so happy, we all are so happy, it’s the best news.”

London: art about De Menezes murder censored


Censorship causes blindness, cartoonBritain: “Fear on the Streets” art installation removed from Selfridges’s window

By Paul Bond

5 September 2005

Selfridges department store in London last month removed from its window an art installation dealing with the climate of fear being fostered in the aftermath of the July 7 subway bombings and the police murder of Jean Charles de Menezes.

Eleven young professional artists from the Drawing Year programme at The Prince’s Drawing School were each given a window at Selfridges for five days.

Controversy arose over Dora Wade’s installation, “ Fear on the Streets”, which was first mounted on August 21.

A developing installation, the work took as its starting point “what it was like to be in the streets after the bombings.”

The work, which predominantly used stark black-and-white elements, sought to address a number of social issues in the aftermath of the bombings, particularly the officially encouraged atmosphere of alarm.

A wooden cage represented the Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs), while meter-wide linocut £20 notes bore the serial number ASBO2005; a cordon of mannequins in police uniforms stood in front of a woman pushing a pram; closed-circuit television cameras looked on the scene, and the whole piece was illustrated with stanzas from W. S. Gilbert’s poem My Dream:

De Menezes mural in London

The other night, from cares exempt,
I slept—and what d’you think I dreamt?
I dreamt that somehow I had come
To dwell in Topsy-Turveydom!

Where vice is virtue—virtue, vice:
Where nice is nasty—nasty, nice
Where right is wrong and wrong is right—
Where white is black and black is white.

The intention, the artist has written on her website, was to highlight “the gulf that exists between bland commercial shop window displays and external fearful reality.”

As an evolving installation, other elements were added over the course of the show.

Most controversially, a Brazilian man was placed in a prone position at the centre of the installation, in an invocation of the police killing of Jean Charles de Menezes.

De Menezes, an innocent man, was shot dead by armed police under a governmental shoot-to-kill policy on July 22.

For half an hour on August 22, the body of the man in the installation was draped in a Brazilian flag.

The artist herself, dressed as a policewoman, stood behind him reading a paper with the headline “New Order: Shoot To Kill.”

It was this explicit statement that first attracted the attention of Selfridges.

The company requested that the flag and the newspaper be removed from the display.

This was done, but when Wade arrived on the following morning, she was told that the installation had been closed and she was told to remove it.

Read more here.