Killing of Brazilian Should Not Harm Britain-Brazil Relations

A professor at the Department of International Law at Brazil’s University of BrasÀ­lia, Cristiano Paixão, says that the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, a 27-year old Brazilian, who was shot by London police who thought he was a terrorist, should not cause diplomatic problems between Brazil and England.

“Today’s world is united around a series of global issues and one of them is the fight against terrorism,” said Paixão. However, he added, that does not mean that incident did not anger many Brazilians.


Menezes had lived in England for five years where he worked as an electrician. On Friday, July 22, a day after terrorists had attempted to explode bombs on London subways and buses for the second time, he was shot in a subway station when the police thought he was another suicide bomber.


“This was a disastrous police action. We can only deplore and lament it,” said professor Paixão, adding that it does not alleviate the pain for Brazilians to know that the terrible mistake was the result of racial profiling that is used in most of Europe.


“They identify suspects by physical features. Someone with blonde hair and blue eyes is much less likely to be a suspect.”


Jean Charles de Menezes will be buried in his hometown of Gonzaga, Minas Gerais, this afternoon.


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  • agila nail

    mr.
    You are a perfect idiot…..british people are really stupid for having a stupid police…you are all murderers of innocent civilians.

    You and the stupid Israelis that no one can stand them.

  • Guest

    an awful event
    I don’t think it’s fair to blame this on racial profiling. It now appears that Mr. Meneres had a forged visa in his passport and that he had been living and working in Britain for over two years illegally. Of course, this is not an excuse to kill him, but it does explain why he ran away when challenged by the police. He probably thought that the police were immigration officers come to arrest him, and he therefore ran. The police only knew that he ran when challenged and he was running toward a train. Just the day before and only 2 km’s away, someone tried to detonate a bomb on a similar train. The police were in an awful situation and had every reason to suspect that he MAY have been a suicide bomber intent on blowing up a train. This whole situation is an absolute tragedy and is an awful consequence of some one in a million circumstances.

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