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Five Shots To The Head For Fashion Mistake

excerpts from a report by Chris Floyd. July 24, 2005

Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, a Brazilian working in London, walks out of an apartment building being cased by police. The cops don't like the look of his bulky coat, so they come after him. But these are not uniformed officers strolling up to ask him some questions – it's a gang of up to 20 armed undercover agents in plain clothes coming toward him, the BBC reports.

That's right; a foreigner living in London sees a mob of 20 men coming at him, shouting at him to stop, telling him they are the police. What if they're not the police? What if they're a gang of yobs, rightwing hooligans looking to stomp some convenient foreigner? What should he do? He only has a second or two to decide.

He decides: he runs. They chase him into an Underground station – a mob of 20 men with guns. He jumps the ticket counter, runs into the tunnel, tries to hop onto a train, with the gunmen only a couple of steps away. He stumbles, they tackle him. They hold him down and one of them pumps five bullets into his head.

Maybe de Menezes had some other reason to run. Maybe he was involved in some dodgy business. Maybe he had drugs on him. Maybe his work papers weren't in perfect order. Or maybe he just decided that he didn't want to trust in the good will of 20 armed men in plainclothes running at him on a fine English summer morning.

It doesn't matter now. He's dead. And now we know that he wasn't armed, didn't have a bomb, and, according to the police themselves "was not connected in any way" to the recent London bombings. He just wore the wrong coat. He just ran when a gang of men in ordinary clothes told him to stop. He's just another piece of "collateral damage" in the "war on terror."

You have been reading excerpts from "Mob Rule in London: Five Shots to the Head for Fashion Mistake" by Chris Floyd. You can read the entire piece here: tinyurl.com/e2kzc. Many thanks to Chris Floyd. We visit empireburlesquenow.blogspot.com often and we hope you will too.

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