Protests in Brazil over London killing

Hundreds of friends and relatives of Jean Charles de Menezes, the innocent Brazilian man shot dead by police in London on Friday, held a protest march in his home town, Gonzaga, yesterday.

The Landless Rural Workers' Movement has scheduled protests in front of the British embassy in Brasilia and the consulate in Rio de Janeiro for later today.

The group said Mr Menezes &quoy;was assassinated in cold blood ... a victim of intolerance", and called for the withdrawal of British forces from Iraq.

The mayor of Gonzaga, Julio de Souza, was outraged at reports of the eight close range shots - seven in the head and one in the shoulder - describing the death as an "assassination".

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