CAMPAIGNERS hoping to discover what happened to missing
Madeleine McCann will stage a protest in Oxford tonight.
Members of the
Madeleine Foundation — a group unconnected to the
official Find Madeleine group — plan to hand out flyers
while the McCann family spokesman Clarence Mitchell
speaks at The Oxford Union.
The 32-strong group
disputes the claim that Madeleine was abducted from her
family’s holiday apartment in Portugal on May 3, 2007.
Mr Mitchell is
speaking at the union about his career as a journalist,
media industry issues, and possibly Madeleine.
Five members of the
Madeleine Foundation will be handing out leaflets and a
64-page booklet called What Really Happened to Madeleine
They have been handing
out leaflets in the city over the past few days in the
run-up to Mr Mitchell’s appearance and it is the group’s
first public protest.
Founder Tony Bennett,
a 61-year-old retired Essex solicitor and social worker,
said: “We are a foundation to campaign for the truth
about what happened to Madeleine and to ensure that she
is remembered for the right reasons.
“If by the end of the
evening we have informed people that there is another
side of the story then our job will be done. We are not
seeking to stop Clarence Mitchell speaking or cause any
The leaflet details
what the group claims are contradictions in reports of
what happened on the night Madeleine, then three,
Kate and Gerry McCann have led a worldwide campaign to
find their daughter. They deny being involved in her
The couple faced
criticism for leaving Madeleine and her brother and
sister alone in the apartment while they dined in a
nearby tapas restaurant with friends, with people
checking on the children periodically.
No-one from the Find
Madeleine group was available to comment.
An Oxford Union
spokesman said: “It is people’s human right to protest
in a non-dangerous and non-illegal way.”