Friday, July 29, 2005

Workers of the World Unite!

This post could equally be titled Working Class Solidarity vs Simple Xenophobia

I'm starting to go beet-red over the basic smearing of the Brazilian shot dead 8 times in London last week. You know, the guy who was wearing a bulky jacket, only he wasn't, the guy who was vaulting a barrier, only he didn't, who was shot 5 times, only he wasn't. Remember him?

This from the Daily Mail:

"The student visa of Jean Charles de Menezes expired more than two years before he was shot by police, a Home Office spokeswoman has said.

The Government also issued a cautiously-worded statement which appeared to indicate Mr de Menezes had a forged stamp in his passport.

The spokeswoman said: "Mr de Menezes ... applied for leave to remain as a student. This was approved on October 31, 2002, and he was granted leave to remain until June 30, 2003."

*** And also, this from one police chief, Ian Blair, yesterday

Sir Ian said his officers had, tragically, been left with no choice but to open fire on a Brazilian man wrongly suspected of being a suicide bomber.

Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, was shot dead at Stockwell Tube station on 22 July.

Sir Ian said using a Taser in such a situation was "not an option".

He was "devastated" for Mr Menezes' family but stood by the force's shoot-to-kill policy for suspected suicide bombers.

"There is only one way to stop someone who is a suicide bomber which is to kill that person."


Let's start with Ian Blair. Quite frankly, this is a ridiculous statement. Blair's argument is COMPLETELY UNDERMINED by the fact that it was NOT a suicide bomber. His argument is equivalent to shooting a man in the head having mistaken him for a grizzly bear, then maintaining that that was the ONLY WAY to deal with the threat from a grizzly bear.

"But, Mr Blair, it Wasn't a grizzly bear..."
"Well, so you shouldn't have shot them."
"Why not? If you'd seen his big grizzly bear head, maybe you'd understand... there's only one way to deal with a bear about to attack you."
"It wasn't a bear. It wasn't about to attack you."
"Easy for you to say. But how could we take the chance that it was simply going about its business..."
"What did "the bear" appear to be doing?"
"It appeared to be simply going about its business. But... you see, that's what they do, they're at their most dangerous when they're not doing anything suspicious. Personally, I find a grizzly bear that is not doing anything suspicious, EVEN MORE SUSPICIOUS... the next moment they could be attacking you, and there's only one way to blah blah..."
(Ian Blair ducks down behind his desk having caught sight of a tea lady who appears to him to be a wolverine...)
"Make them stop," he whimpers.

*** Now, the issue, or non-issue of the expired Visa ***

Like I say, it's Workers Solidarity pitched against Simple Xenophobia (seasoned with Fear of Being Blown up by Brown People). Stir vigorously with tub-thumping editorials, pictures of politicians looking serious, police with guns, etc.


He was a worker. Isn't it clear why he was here after a visa had expired? He wanted to WORK here and earn money and HAVE A LIFE. I don't care about his paperwork and the zero impact this had on him being selected for ARBITRARY EXECUTION by THE METROPOLITAN POLICE GOON SQUAD. The Working Classes are supposedly reflected in the opinion of the tabloids, but all they do is pander to fear and incite civil war among ordinary people. I reject this utterly. Anyone with a suitably developed sense of their place in the world should dismiss this charade over the status of this Brazilian worker and point back to the real issue - People Being Executed for no reason BY mistake on the Streets of Britain.

The utter charade that the other bombers have been captured with a taser and via a siege only goes to show that their is no validity to the arguments given in support of sanctioning the execution of Menezes.


Blogger The Kernow Cowboy said...

Lets all hop on the Blair, Blair BANG wagon

4:41 AM  
Blogger Claypot said...

Well put. I too, cannot believe they've even mentioned the visa issue. It's not relevant. It's a bit like shooting someone in the head and saying 'yeah well he hadn't paid a parking fine'. But worse. As an aside - NOT to defend what they did - I have been reading that they used stun guns on later suspects the believed were unarmed, but couldn't have on the man they murdered, as a stun gun would have set off any bombs he was carrying. Although that just takes you back to the whole ridicule of him being allowed on a bus. Why do that if they truly believed he had bombs? It's shocking.

6:10 AM  
Blogger L said...

they're just trying to cover their a**es. If I lived over there, I would just be glad that I didn't look "foreign"

10:15 PM  

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