Post by scootergeek on Jul 13, 2005 18:18:58 GMT -5
Never underestimate fascism's willingness to capitalize on other people's misery. They can't do that so much on this side of the atlantic since some of their own have already blown up government buildings here.
Family and friends of a Brazilian man shot dead by police have said there was no reason to believe he was a terrorist.
Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, was killed by officers on Friday morning as he tried to board a Tube train at Stockwell, south London.
Detectives later established he was not connected to attempts to blow up three Underground trains and a bus in the capital the day before.
Brazilian media reported that Mr Menezes was an electrician who had been living legally and working in England for three years.
GloboNews TV reported that his body was identified by his cousin, Alex Alves Pereira, who also lives in London. Mr Pereira told Sky News that his cousin had "nothing to hide from anyone''.
"If he had a bomb with him they had to stop him before he got a bus or Tube.
"They had time to stop him and make sure. Instead they let him go to the tube and shot him from behind,'' he said.
"We grew up together. I was the first person to help him when he came to this country.''
The build-up to the fatal shooting began when Mr Menezes emerged from a house in Tulse Hill, south London, which was under surveillance because of a suspected link to Thursday's attempted bomb attacks. His clothing and behaviour added to the officers' suspicions, police said.
He caught a bus to Stockwell Tube where he was challenged by officers, who told him to stop. The man then bolted down an escalator, according to witnesses.
It appears he tried to board a train before being shot five times in the head by an officer with an automatic pistol.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair had said that the shooting was "directly linked'' to anti-terror operations.
However, Scotland Yard said: "We are now satisfied that he was not connected with the incidents of Thursday, July 21, 2005.''