The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

What’s a Few Lies to Bloody Murderers?

Aug 29, 2005

Ever since June 22, when British police gunned down Jean Charles de Menezes on his way to work, one official lie has followed another.

Now, five weeks later, the police have been forced to admit a few things because someone leaked subway surveillance films to the newspapers.

#1: Menezes did not run from police–he walked calmly to the subway station and bought a newspaper before boarding a train and taking a seat.

#2: He was not challenged by undercover agents who followed him for many blocks.

#3: He was not wearing a heavy winter coat–only an unpadded denim jacket–and he did not have a knapsack.

#4: When undercover agents identified themselves to Menezes in the subway car, he stood up. After one cop grasped him in a bear hug, immobilizing him, another one shot him repeatedly at point blank range. Seven shots went through his head, one through his shoulder, three missed.

It was a public execution carried out in an extremely bloody, grotesque fashion. Unable to prevent the terrorism that had taken the lives of 56 people a couple weeks earlier, the police were determined to show how tough they are.

Tough? No, the British cops showed themselves for what they are: just a bunch of bloody murderers.