Jean Charles de Menezes
View of the vigil and protest
Banner being hung outside Stockwell tube station
Messages were left at the entrance of the tube station
Protester with a message
Taking the road with the banner ....
... but it didn't take long before being 'asked' to move.
Jean Charles de Menezes cousins were also present
Speech by the a long campaigner against deaths in police custody
Last speaker of today's vigil and protest
The vigil and protest had been spontaneously organised as a reaction to the killing of an innocent man by police special anti-terrorist squad last Friday in Stockwell's tube station. Although it was a dark and wet morning, people gathered outside the tube station from 10 am.
A banner reading 'Stop Killings' was hung at the entrance of the station, whilst a bigger one with the text "Their War Our Dead" was unfurled by some of those present. Candels were lit, and a few speeches were made by some of the people attending the vigil. Specially poignant were the words of the sister of a man that had died in 'police custody' some years back.
There were also present three cousins of Jean Charles de Menezes, that expressed their shock and horror to what happened to their relative. They also manifested their outrage and incredulity about the police operation against their cousin, a completely innocent man that had no links whatsoever with the bombings in London. [ Cousin of shot Brazilian man speaks out ]
Eventually a group of protesters holding the "Their War Our Dead" banner made a move to the middle of the road so to stop traffic and make the protest more visible, but this was quickly diffused by the few police present that 'asked' people to move back to the pavement.
Before people left at around midday, there was an announcement for another vigil and protest tomorrow Monday 25 at 6pm outside Stockwell's tube station.