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  • Sunday, July 31, 2005

    10000 people attend funeral of Jean Charles de Menezes

    The Daily Bulletin reports on the funeral of the Brazilian murdered by police and special forces in London:

    Jean-Charles de Menezes' mother, Maria, almost collapsed in tears and was supported by her husband and relatives after she laid the first single rose on the coffin. People in the crowd released dozens of green and yellow balloons into the air, the primary colors of the Brazilian flag. Then they applauded a common Brazilian tradition at burials of dignitaries just before the coffin was lowered into the ground. Police estimated more than 10,000 people passed by the coffin earlier as it lay draped with the Brazilian flag at the Sao Sebastiao Church in Gonzaga, a town of 6,000 where many head abroad to make money so they can return for a better life back home.
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