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Martin Brunt reports torn posters are an anti-Madeleine protest


Martin Brunt
April 03, 2009 11:01 AM

Missing Madeleine and a reluctance to help

I hear of more anti-Madeleine protests in Praia da Luz, where the McCanns have launched a renewed campaign for information about their daughter's disappearance.

A billboard on the edge of the town has been daubed with paint and flyers handed to locals have been ripped up, according to my man on the Algarve.

He tells me traders are struggling to cope with a drop in tourism, the low pound and a lingering stigma of Luz as an unsafe place to take kids.

"People are driving into Luz, seeing the posters and thinking 'Oh God, it's that place and then driving straight out again," he says. "We've done a lot to help, but what more do they expect from us?"

The marketing campaign is being run by a design consultancy and aimed at the Portuguese community which, it says, was never properly questioned at the time Madeleine vanished.

Bit late in the day for that.

But, two years on, what would you do? The key to the mystery must lie in Luz.
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Source: Martin Brunt
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NOT anti-Madeleine, Mr Brunt, anti-Kate and Gerry!


Missing Madeleine and her own parents reluctance to help