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10 September 2005

Justice4Jean: Jean Charles de Menezes @ TUC Fringe

Shoot first, ask questions later - TUC fringe meeting, Monday 12 September
When: 6pm, Monday 12th September
Where: Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 6GB

Taken from the Justice4Jean web site, which appears to have staggered online without the requisite levels of publicity that you might think would surround a campaign for justice when an innocent man is executed by unknown 'authorities' on a London tube train:
Shoot first, ask questions later - TUC fringe meeting, Monday 12 September

On 22nd July, Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead by police at Stockwell tube as a result of the so-called “shoot-to-kill” policy. His family is seeking justice and the truth about why Jean Charles was killed.

This meeting is the first chance to hear Jean Charles’ family and their lawyers give a full account of the catalogue of errors surrounding Jean Charles’ death. The meeting will also provide an opportunity for the trade union movement and people committed to human rights to discuss how they can support the family’s campaign.

Speakers include:

Bob Crow - RMT general secretary
Alessando Pereira - Jean Charles’ cousin
Vivian Figeurido - Jean Charles’ cousin
Gareth Pierce - human rights solicitor
Asad Rehman - Jean Charles de Menezes Family Campaign and Newham Monitoring Project

Monday 12th September
Brighthelm Centre
North Road
Brighton, BN1 6GB

Please arrive promptly

For more information:
email - justice4jean@hotmail.co.uk
tel - 07734087950

The Antagonist will be very interested to learn quite what Bob Crow and the RMT have to say, especially given the recent RMT response to the rather simple question, "What time did the trains leave Kings Cross on 7 July, 2005?"

Let's hope Mr Crow sees a little more point in asking questions about the summary execution of Jean Charles de Menezes on a tube train in Stockwell Station than his representatives do about the day of the London bombs.

1 comment:

Dr Victorino de la Vega said...

Just like the other Blair, Sir Ian is a pathetic ex-Trotskyite “intellectual” turned authoritarian thug with a technocratic twist: a quiet Englishman with a penchant for neo-conservative tirades on “social law and order” and “progressive policing” whatever that means.

The truth is now crystal clear: last month his trigger-happy officers carried out a cold-blooded execution a la Harry Callahan in broad daylight in the heart of London. Jean-Charles wasn’t a “bloody Ayyrab” or a “purulent Paki” but he was a dark-skinned young man and that was good enough for Sir Ian’s gang of racist minions: in its drive to combat “Islamic urban insurgents”, the Met seems to be learning real fast the exemplary teachings of US “snake eaters” and other Israeli paratroopers…

Interesting article in the Washington Post earlier this week:
“…We set out to establish a democracy, but we’re slowly realizing we will have some form of Islamic republic,” said another U.S. official familiar with policymaking from the beginning, who like some others interviewed would speak candidly only on the condition of anonymity…”

So this is what we’ve come to uh? 2 ½ years after the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq, a far away Middle-Eastern country that posed no threat to the West whether “imminent” or otherwise- remember Tony Blair’s sci-fi army of Iraqi drones eager to nuke Hyde Park?

With all its faults (the Baathist regime was certainly no more authoritarian than say Wahhabi-Saudi absolute monarchy, Islamo-fascist Shiite Iran, or Nazi-Kemalist Turkey), the Republic of Iraq under Saddam Hussein was probably the most progressive/secular country in the Arab world: 20% of members of government and high ranking civil servants were women (most of them wore no veil unlike their oppressed sisters in neighbouring countries); the number 2 man in government was Tariq Hanna Azeez, a devout Roman Catholic; most of Saddam’s senior advisers were French and/or UK educated Middle-Eastern Christian; and Iraq was the third largest importer of Johnnie Walker whiskey!

Today, as Rumsfeld’s protégés finalize the drafting of the country’s “constitution”, it has become clear that the new Iraq is fast morphing into a totalitarian Islamic Shiite Bantustan under the tutelage of its Iranian and Hebrew masters.

The Neocon’s “forward leaning foreign policy” turned out to be scam on a gigantic scale: The US government has spent $ 400 billions in taxpayers money and more than 1,900 American kids have lost their life for a useless military adventure…

There’s an old saying in Latin…qui bono, who benefits?
Iran and Israel are clearly the only winners: for 2 ½ years, they’ve watched from the sidelines as American soldiers massacred tens of thousands of innocent Sunni Arabs in Fallujah, Tickrit and Baghdad: today, Teheran and Tel Aviv are ready to reap the fruits of the “global war on terror”- a failed policy in need for a change of name… “Colonial proxy war for the advancement of Fascism” would be a more fitting appellation

Dr Victorino de la Vega
The Middle East Memo