Joana has asked me to contribute to her blog, which I feel is a great honour and I felt privileged to be asked. As many of you know I am the administrator of the3arguidos forum. A forum that was born on 23rd November 2007, and a forum which was created because of another forums failure.
We all know the tragic story of Madeleine Beth McCann and many of us woke to the news on Friday the 4th May 2007. Personally my gut instinct told me something was not right, I did not believe the parents and I was totally shocked at how they blatantly admitted to leaving those children alone at night and showed no remorse for what they done but only excused themselves when they made comments like “it was within the realms of responsible parenting”, “we were so into each other”, “it was our holiday too” and many more.
I like many others used to read forums and blogs, but never joined, never felt I could add as much as many great people were contributing, debating and discussing. But when September came and the McCann’s were made Arguidos, I put my fear of joining aside as I wanted to express my views on things and joined the DM [Daily Mirror Forum]. Changes happened on the DM Satire was not allowed, any viewpoint which they found contentious was deleted, other forums where formed and I joined but sadly those failed and eventually I created the3arguidos forum. Yes we have had our tough times and we have had many a rocky road, but we have all travelled it together, united in our fight for Justice.
For many of us it has been a tough 2 years, fighting to get to the truth, fighting for justice and at times we have been vilified, character assassinated, lied about and harassed, but our determination and desire have made each and every one of us stronger and more determined to continue to fight for what we know is right. We have all seen the lies and the British Press trying to blame everything on the Portuguese Police service and the Portuguese people, and it is through these biased articles and the xenophobic articles about Portugal that have been written that we all stand behind our Portuguese friends and the People of Portugal who have also become victims in this tragic case.
And I am so glad we did and still continue to stand by these people whose honour has been trashed in order to save a pair of hypocritical unfit parents. There are many of us that run forums, some which have no desire for justice only to attack people that post on a forum designed to find the truth and there are many bloggers out there, bloggers that want what I want and the members of the3arguidos want, and that is for truth and for justice to prevail and, if Madeleine is deceased, to be laid to rest with the dignity and respect she deserves and whoever is responsible for her demise to be brought to justice.
Being at the helm of something like the3arguidos, is rewarding but very draining emotionally and physically and yes there are times when I wish I could throw the towel in and just walk away. Only recently I was being attacked and vilified and did resign. Feeling emotionally drained I quit, in hope that the attacks on the3arguidos and its mods team and members would stop but it did not, in fact it intensified. But then I found something and saw something which made me change my mind. I saw an extended family, a family of posters who want to see Justice, a group of people that offered support and a group of people that are there for you when times get tough and a group of people that the3arguidos is proud to have as its members.
And one thing to that those that want us off the internet and for those that want us never to discuss this case, just a word to you, forget it, we are going nowhere and we are standing united behind the people that are bringing us the news like Duarte Levy, Paulo Reis, and many more and we are standing behind people like Gonçalo Amaral and Tony Bennett who are not going to give up the fight and from their determination and courage and strength we draw ours, why? Because they are prepared to go the full distance to find the truth and if one of us should fall, like I nearly did, then gradually the whole house of cards demanding for justice would fall. And that is exactly what the silencers want us to do, they want to divide and conquer each and every one of us and that is something we must never, never allow. So when one of your fellow posters gets attacked just be there for them like I will be and like they were there for me when the going got tough.
Even though we each run our own forums and blogs, we have become like family to each other, we are there for each other, we support each other when times get hard, we offer each other a shoulder to cry on and most of all we have all developed deep and meaning friendships, friendships I am sure that will last way after Justice is served for Madeleine.
To the translators, like Joana, astro, Mercedes, Ines and many many more, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts; to the members of blogs and forums keep digging, keep debating, keep uncovering the inconsistencies and to Gonçalo Amaral and Tony Bennett and others fighting for the truth, we are standing right beside you and if things get tough and things get hard, don’t falter like I nearly did, just allow yourselves to do what I have done and draw on others courage and strength and live to fight another day. And to all these people I would find it an honour and a privilege to one day shake your hands and say thank you. You are my heroes.
To those that want to character assassinate people, to lie and vilify people in hope that we give up and go away, you might as well give up right now because we are one big family and a family that will be there for each other and a family that will always remain united and a family of many nationalities throughout this world that are united and are a mighty force to deal with.
And Madeleine if you are no longer here with us on earth, you my child are the brightest star in the sky shining down on each and every one of us, you have given this world a legacy that millions people could never do in their lifetime. A legacy that all the money in the world could not buy. Through you, people have formed friendships, lonely people are no longer lonely because of the friendships they have formed and you have united people around the world and allowing us to get to know people that in our life’s we would never have got to known, you have united nations and touched everyone’s heart.
God bless everyone and God bless Madeleine Beth McCann, the little girl whose voice we are going to be for now and forever, you will never be abandoned and forgotten by us.