Jean Charles de Menezes shooting show outside Stockwell Tube station

First published in News

A performance artist has turned the shooting of Tulse Hill’s Jean Charles de Menezes by police in to a show to be performed outside Stockwell Tube station.

Mark McGowan will perform the piece, in which actors with cardboard boxes on their head use a two-foot gun to shoot a man wearing a card box with Menezes’ face on, at 2pm on Saturday.

The 38-year-old who works at Camberwell College of Performing Arts, said: “I think there is a real sense of apathy about what happened to this innocent man.

“People need to take note of what is happening here, rather than thinking about who is going to win X Factor and what they are getting for Christmas.

“Hopefully this performance will do this.”

The performance is not the first time Mr McGowan has courted controversy.

During his career he ate chunks of a Corgi dog in protest against Prince Philip for hunting foxes then cooked and ate a fox to highlight the plight of "crackheads".

But Mr McGowan said he was not staging the protest to raise his own profile.

The inquest in to the killing of Mr Menezes, who was shot on September on July 22, 2005, on an underground train at Stockwell Station by armed police who mistook him for terror suspect Hussain Osman, is in its closing statements.

A verdict by the jury at the Oval Conference Centre is expected by Friday, December 12.


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