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Carnival sees silence for Jean Charles de Menezes

Issue No. 1963

Tens of thousands of people held a minute’s silence to remember Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian man shot by police, at Burgess Park in south London last week.

The minute’s silence took place at the Carnaval del Pueblo, a Latin American festival. The majority of the participants were Latin American and many were angry at the shoot to kill policy.

Juan Carlos from Ecuador told Socialist Worker, “I think the killing of Jean Charles was a big wrong. In Ecuador it’s usual for the police to kill people — but not here. The police killed an innocent person in public. They wanted to make immigrants and others afraid.

“The bombs in this country were brought about by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

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Sat 13 Aug 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1963
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